Programs & Services - Family and Community - Wellness Centre

The Wellness Centre is a community hub that is allowing us to support and promote healthy living, in a way that’s centred around connection and care for students and families in New Westminster. Located with interior and exterior access at the new New Westminster Secondary School, we’re putting wellness in the centre of learning!

Through a combination of District staff and strong local partnerships, we are proudly delivering direct care and support for students and community, and hosting educational sessions that act as both immediate supports and preventative learning opportunities. Staff at the Wellness Centre will also be able to support getting referrals for those who need supports beyond what’s available within the Wellness Centre.

Some of the services we’re please to offer include:

  • Mental Health Support:
    • Youth Care Workers and a Clinical Counsellor from the school district are available for ongoing or same day support, for students who drop by the Wellness Centre.
    • Cameray Child and Family Services offer many types of counselling programs to children, youth, and their families based on their needs. This is booked by appointment only.
    • Child and Youth Mental Health is also sharing the space, to support their current clients, out of this central and easy to access space.
  • Grief and Bereavement Care: The Lumara Society is there to assist children, youth, individuals, and families impacted by life-threatening illness, grief and loss.
  • Community Health and Primary Care (coming soon): As our local Health Authority, Fraser Health is dedicated to promoting physical, emotional, and social well-being using a comprehensive school health approach. Fraser Health services available within the Wellness Centre include a nurse practitioner who can conduct examinations, testing and prescribe medication.
  • Prevention & Health Promotion: In collaboration with students and partners, we organize and support groups, workshops and other learning opportunities that address issues like nutrition, physical wellbeing, sexual health, gender identity, mental health, substance use, and much more.  We regularly host lunchtime and afterschool groups for students or staff. Evening and weekend sessions will be offered to support parents and the wider community as well.

What’s happening at the Wellness Centre?

We host a wide range of learning and engagement opportunities for students and the community. From weekly mindfulness sessions for students, to expert presentations aimed to deliver on parent questions … we’re working to put wellness in the centre of how we support our school communities.

As we continue to work with the community and our partners – and as COVID restrictions evolve and lift – we look forward to creating more sessions, supports and opportunities that will be open to a wide range of youth and adults who live in our community, in this growing and inclusive space.

Here’s what we have going on this month:

Wellness Centre Calendar only - May

 

Download May’s calendar here: Wellness Centre – May Calendar (PDF)

Additional info on the listed options above

FEATURED UPCOMING: You and Your Youth – In the third and final Spring session, we will look at “Strategies to Support Your Ambitious Teenager”.  Topics include:

    1. The 40 Asset Model
    2. The Stress-Cycle
    3. Protecting Your Teen’s Mental Health

To register, please visit https://youandyouryouth3.eventbrite.ca

 

Board Games – Drop in and join us for some seriously fun board games!

Books and Breakfast – Details coming!

Calming Your Anxious Thoughts – Spend Friday lunch time reflecting on the week, naming + taming the anxious thoughts, practicing mindfulness, and connecting with peers with similar experiences. This 8-week program is a blend of games, activities, discussions, and social support to allow students a chance to engage their anxious thoughts differently. Begins February 11, 2022

Healthy Relationships Unlocked – 6-week program (Next round begins February 15!) where students engage in the complexities of relationships. We dive into social messaging/expectations, understanding ourselves deeper, exploring relationship stressors, managing conflict, healthy dynamics, and so much more!

Mindful Monday – Details coming!

Morning Mindfulness – Get your day started with a soothing meditation session. Drop-in at 8:00am for staff and 8:15am for students.

Practicing Mindfulness (STAFF ONLY) – For more information and to register, visit here: shorturl.at/fuFX6

Trans Gender & Families Group – To find out more information and to register, please contact Mason at mmeghji@sd40.bc.ca

Understanding Mental Health Through Art – Join us for art and conversation, as we navigate our mental health journeys.

Zine Making – Details coming!

We are also pleased to support parents and caregivers by giving them tools to support their youth through their mental health or substance abuse challenges.

FamilySmart will be offering workshops throughout the month of June.  Please visit their website or their flyer for more information.

Fraser FamilySmart Help for the Hard Times Workshop Poster (June 2022)

Come in and see someone

Want to pick through some wellness brochures and pamphlets? Are you a student needing to talk to someone urgently? Coming to join us for a workshop?

The Wellness Centre 
Where: 820 Sixth Street (located via an exterior entrance, on south side of New Westminster Secondary School)
When: 8am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, evenings and weekends by appointment

If you have questions or suggestions about what’s happening and how you can get involved, contact Rick Bloudell at rabloudell@sd40.bc.ca or call 604-517-6291.

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