March 2021
When was the last time you checked in with someone regarding their mental health?

Many of us are checking in with others about their well-being like never before. However, many people find it challenging to have a conversation with someone who may be experiencing a decline in their mental health, or living with mental illness. We might wonder if a family member, friend or acquaintance is unwell, but how do we start this kind of conversation?

Having teens or pre-teens in the house can be tricky as parents have to learn new ways to parent, connect and interact with their adolescents. This feels challenging, difficult, and sometimes exasperating. Language is a powerful tool that helps in times of heated moments or uncertainty. Take some time to read through the tips and practice by repeating one or two of the statements suggested. Then try it, you might be surprised by how a few words can change the outcome.

DID YOU KNOW? March is Nutrition Month!

This year’s nutrition month theme from Dietitians of Canada is “healthy eating looks different for everyone.” This is a great opportunity to talk about how culture, food traditions, and health conditions influence what healthy eating can look like. Here are some resources.

Cultivating Wellness At Home

Life can be a balancing act for families at the best of times; with work, school, extracurricular activities, and other commitments. With the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever before to take care of our mental, emotional and physical well-being. Start small -- choose activities that are realistic and achievable within your family structure and schedules. Here are a few simple things you and your child can do to stay well at home. 

Our Bow Valley community has some unbelievable resources!
The Family Resource Network has a TON of parenting resources, for parenting babies to teens! Check out their website for more information.
To register for programs and services, please contact
Join the next (virtual) Community Conversation here, from 7 - 8 pm on March 18. Topic TBA. Community Conversations are co-facilitated by passionate individuals from supportive agencies across the Bow Valley.

Online Community Meals happen every Monday from 6-7 pm in March. Register here to join community members in being together over food.

Support for Parents of Teens
Parenting is challenging at the best of times, not to mention during a pandemic! Canmore FCSS is offering an opportunity for parents of teens to come together to network, ask questions, share strategies and support one another. Register by calling 403-609-3743.

Right from the Start is a Mental Health Capacity Building Program. We are a team of Success Coaches at Banff Elementary School, Lawrence Grassi Middle School, Alpenglow School and Elizabeth Rummel School. We offer universal mental health education and support to all children, teachers and families. For more on our program and to see what we do, visit our Website Information page or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Right from the Start | 403-678-6192 |
For inquiries contact Mary Weighell
RFTS Program Manager