COVID-19: Calming Your Mind in Challenging Times

Date and Time

This workshop takes place on Wednesday, April 7th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Microsoft Teams.

About the Workshop

The COVID-19 pandemic brings unique challenges: social isolation, worry over family and friends, concern for our own well-being, and changes to work and home routines. In the face of these challenges, it is even more important for us to practice self-care, including taking the time to relax and decompress. This session will explore personal stress triggers and review some practical, easy techniques to equip participants with the brief relaxation moments that are such an important tool for coping during these challenging times.

About the Facilitator

Hamed Dar,  B.A., PMP, Homewood Health

Hamed Dar has worked in the mental health and social service industry for nearly a decade. He started by working on the front-lines in mental health, disability, and integration programs for the City of Calgary and Government of Alberta and eventually earned his PMP designation to move into program development work. He continued to build programs with various non-profits across Canada, such as ONTrack, a wellness program for individuals with mental health challenges, and Bad Dog theatre as their Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator. When running workshops, Hamed uses convergent wisdom from varying sources, such as drawing on his dual degrees in Cognitive Science and Drama and unique knowledge from his minor in Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health. His approach is interactive, warm and he endeavors to make each workshop fun, even if he's the only one laughing at his own jokes. While not running workshops and talk-backs on various wellness topics, Hamed can be seen on stage or the screen pursuing his passion in the creative arts.


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