Know Your Community Resources
It’s not enough to know what your
, you need to participate in them. By “community resources” I mean those organizations and activities that are accessible to all, regardless of financial status, and serve to build community. They can be based on information, support, activity or specialty.
In the Greater City of Sudbury, which is where I live, here are some examples. You likely have community resources similar to these in your neck of the woods.
As well at offering books and films “for free” (publically funded) the library offers film showings, children’s activities, computer use, and seminars on a variety of topics.
A variety of activities – physical, artistic, youth centres, and an older adult centre – for free or a nominal fee.
The comprehensive list of self-help groups and health agencies was composed by our local Canadian Mental Health Association.
Normally, volunteering doesn’t cost a cent – and it’s a gift the gives to the volunteer as well as the clients or patients.
Why does it matter?
Why does it matter that you get involved in the community – either on the giving or receiving end of education and care? Because studies on - and lived experience with - anxiety, depression and stress show that getting involved and trying new things are central to improving all facets of health.
I like the way a friend of mine put it:
You may feel depressed, but it is not your identity.
[T]he worst thing you can do is nothing.
For even more information, visit
– a respected non-profit resource.
Again, you will need to involve an accountability partner or trusted friend. It’s too easy to give up and stay home.
If you cannot easily think of one – and I’m certain you will in time – you can turn to an online support group. I recommend
It is the largest, most comprehensive on-line health network of people sharing their advice, treatment experiences, and support.
See also Addiction Resource - they raise awareness on the dangers of addiction and helps local communities stay drug-free -
And the American Society of Addiction Medicine - they also promotes drug abuse prevention and treatment -
Plus the Quit Smoking Community at
Two other resources of note are www.drugabuse.com and www.treatment4addiction.com
Books and Videos
"How to Be an Activist"
- by Elizabeth May, Sierra Club, 1996
"Neighborhood Power: Building Community
The Seattle Way" - by Jim Diers, University of Washington Press, 2004
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