May 2021
For 70 years the Canadian Mental Health Association ( CMHA) has celebrated the importance of our mental health in the first full week of May.

This year's Mental Health Week highlights how naming our emotions -- the ones we like and the ones we don’t -- is important for our mental health.

Heavy feelings lighten when you put them into words. When we voice our emotions, the pain gives way. So, let’s understand and name how we feel. Angry? Glad? Frustrated? Sad? Find the words that describe how we feel!

This Mental Health Week, don’t be uncomfortably numb.
#GetReal about how you feel: Name it, don’t numb it.
Atlas of Emotions

The Dalai Lama imagined "a map of our emotions to develop a calm mind." He asked his longtime friend and renowned emotion scientist Dr. Paul Ekman to realize his idea. Ekman took on the creation of the Atlas alongside his daughter, Eve Ekman, a second-generation emotion researcher and trainer. The Atlas represents what researchers have learned from the psychological study of emotion. Click HERE to check it out.
Click on the Wheels to be taken to a Virtual Emotions Wheel. Follow the prompts or
Click HERE for a printable version
Emotional Intelligence: A different approach

Emotional granularity is the ability to specify the exact emotion you are feeling. Lisa Feldman Barrett, who has been researching the science of human emotion for years, writes in her TED article that when you specify your emotions, you “issue predictions and construct instances of emotion that are finely tailored to fit each situation.” Are you angry, or do you feel betrayed, persecuted, or harassed? Are you happy, or do you feel proud, overjoyed, or content? Our emotions serve many purposes, one of which is to help us figure out how to solve problems, especially in the case of uncomfortable, or negative, emotions. The way you approach a situation when you feel harassed would be much different than how you approach a situation in which you feel betrayed.
All You Need Is 5 Minutes…Your New Daily Brain Exercise Routine

Here’s one of the most empowering things you will learn today: five minutes a day, every day, will do more for the brain and overall wellness than one hour once a week. Why? Because the science of neuroplasticity has shown that tiny intervals of repetition are what rewires the brain towards wellness.

Our brain thrives on repetition and patterns. And we can break out of old habits by instilling new positive ones, little by little. In other words, we can short-circuit and coax our brain into developing healthy coping mechanisms to fall back on when confronted with daily stress and anxiety.

Click HERE to read more on this

Right from the Start has Summer Programming?
We are planning to connect with our students, families, and communities this summer! Stay tuned for a menu of summer opportunities to connect with our Success Coaches in Banff and Canmore. Some things to look forward to: weekly evening bonfires with stories and connections, art and activity kits, pop-ups in the park with fun games, mindfulness-based Walks of Wonder (WOW's), yoga in the park, and drumming. There are registered or drop-in opportunities for all.

Watch for more info about these opportunities. Info will be sent home in your child's backpack. Like and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or our Website for updates as well.

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 Thursday, May 20th from 7:00-8:00 pm via Zoom. Topic TBA. Community Conversations are co-facilitated by passionate individuals from supportive agencies across the Bow Valley. Find more info on this by following us on Facebook

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