Experiential Ways to Build Up Your Mental Health and Resilience; HHS Region 8

Experiential Ways to Build Up Your Mental Health and Resilience - Workshop Wednesday Session

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Session Description

This training focused on improving mental health wellness by teaching participants to recognize when they are thriving or languishing and provided skills and strategies for building and increasing resilience. Christina Ruggiero gave an overview of the foundations of mental health wellness and guided participants through exercises that support self-reflection, relaxation, and the development of a personalized self-care plan. Christina closed the session by reviewing additional resources that participants can use to establish self-care strategies to cope with uncontrollable events.  


After attending this session, participants will: 


  1. Understand the difference between Thriving Mental Health and Languishing Mental Health.
  2. Recognize the significant role mental health plays in overall health and well-being.
  3. Have practiced and become familiar with exercises to improve mental health using relaxation and self-care.  
  4. Develop self-care strategies to help manage COVID-19 uncertainty.



Christina Ruggiero, CCC, RP

Christina Ruggiero (she/her) is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada, currently working full-time as a mental health counsellor for students attending Queens, University. She obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto, before pursuing her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Adler University in Vancouver, BC. She finds great meaning in educating individuals about mental health, and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. During her graduate degree, she created an anti-stigma training module for students and staff to use at Simon Fraser University, believing that change involves education and experiential components, including self-awareness and reflection. She continues this method training students and staff at Queens in mental health awareness, compassion fatigue, and distress support.

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