Clarenville En­ac­tus launches Vic­tory Cen­tre at CNA cam­pus

Safe space to pro­vide sup­port for men­tal health in com­mu­nity

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS Jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

For those look­ing for a safe space, along with great re­sources for pos­i­tive men­tal health ini­tia­tives, Clarenville En­ac­tus has a so­lu­tion.

As one of the group’s projects, En­ac­tus has launched the Vic­tory Cen­tre at the li­brary in the Col­lege of the North At­lantic (CNA) build­ing.

En­ac­tus pres­i­dent Sara Short told The Packet the idea for the cen­tre the idea stemmed from last year’s na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, where The Co­op­er­a­tors pre­sented a new cat­e­gory for projects ben­e­fit­ing men­tal health.

Since then, the lo­cal stu­dents have been dis­cussing the project, which be­came the Vic­tory Cen­tre. About a dozen mem­bers are work­ing on the project for the cen­tre.

The Vic­tory Cen­tre is free for any­one who wants to par­tic­i­pate in dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties re­lat­ing to pos­i­tive men­tal health.

Guided med­i­ta­tion, for ex­am­ple, is one of the ac­tiv­i­ties, while fi­nan­cial man­age­ment work­shops may be an­other— all re­lat­ing to cop­ing with men­tal health is­sues.

That said, peo­ple are wel­come to come to the cen­tre, which meets on Thurs­day evenings at 7-9 p.m. and not feel ob­li­gated to par­tic­i­pate in the ac­tiv­i­ties. They’re wel­come to come and be present while us­ing the area as a safe, no­judge­ment zone.

Short says the cen­tre is named in recog­ni­tion of her friend Vic­to­ria Best, a Clarenville woman who died last De­cem­ber af­ter strug­gling with de­pres­sion.

“She al­ways told me, ‘Peo­ple of­ten don’t want to go and sit down in an of­fice and wait to see a coun­sel­lor.’”

Short says, at the cen­tre, they’re able to help with small re­minders and sug­ges­tions on how to cope with men­tal health strug­gles like panic at­tacks, de­pres­sion or anx­i­ety.

The cen­tre has es­tab­lished a sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties for No­vem­ber which con­sists of: Nov. 1 – Cre­ative You!

Nov. 8 – Art Ther­apy

Nov. 15 – Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tions

Nov. 22 – Fi­nan­cial Well Be­ing (Bud­get­ing)

And Nov. 29 – Mu­sic Ther­apy.

More com­ing up for En­ac­tus En­ac­tus also has many other projects on­go­ing this year like a fi­nan­cial man­age­ment sys­tem for Grades 4-6, which pre­vi­ously ran a pro­gram with Youth­tube.

The struc­ture in­cluded the chil­dren do­ing chores at home to earn “beans” which rep­re­sent money.

They could choose to save or spend the beans on fun prod­ucts pro­vided to them. In the end, they were also pre­sented with the op­por­tu­nity to do­nate beans they saved to char­ity, which En­ac­tus is match­ing with real funds for lo­cal char­i­ties like the SPCA.

They are also work­ing on an eco-liv­ing project which sees them re­cy­cle T-shirts and make them into mats.

“We’re di­vert­ing those Tshirts from the land­fill and mak­ing mats out of them and we’re sell­ing them,” says Short.

She ex­plains that the hu­lahoop mats are de­signed as a busi­ness ven­ture that also is eco-friendly.

The At­lantic re­gional com­pe­ti­tion is in Nova Sco­tia this March.

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