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Mental health and men: how to support your loved ones

Men also experience mental health challenges, including depression and anxiety. Knowing this, why don’t we hear about it more? Whether it’s a family member or a friend you are worried about, here are some tips to spot depression and to support someone going through it, as well as some resources.

Could you survive on what’s in your pantry?

With any emergency, ensure your family has an emergency plan and emergency kit, as well as evacuation plans. Ensuring you have food to sustain you for at least three days is part of your emergency plan and we have tips to help plan for that.

Local affected by Hurricane Fiona finds strength in volunteering with this community

When Hurricane Fiona hit William Coney’s quaint neighbourhood on September 24, 2022, the Canadian Red Cross volunteer did what he knew best: help others. He says volunteering gave him a sense of agency. “Certainly, it was a lot nicer to be autonomous and active. This was a way I could help my local community.”

Language, culture, and mental health support following a disaster

Guy Choquet, the Red Cross Director of Operations, Alberta Fire Recovery in Fort McMurray was one of thousands of people evacuated when flood waters came into the downtown area on April 26, 2020.
Choquet was also instrumental in supporting the Flood Collaborative, a group of local community organizations that formed to identify and address any gaps in services as residents began the recovery process.

What responding to emergencies in Canada and West Africa taught me

Sarah Parisio's role within the Canadian Red Cross involves supporting people impacted by disasters through leading teams of fellow humanitarians who respond to emergencies in Canada and around the world. Discover how she brought with her skills developed through responding to emergencies in Canada to an international context and what new knowledge she brought back home in return.

Inspiring family traditions: Ways to support those in need during the holidays

There are many ways to give back and support those in need during the holidays, so we asked families and friends to share their holiday traditions that are sparked by a sense of community, generosity, and compassion.

10 tips to reduce common risks this holiday season

Every year people fall off ladders while hanging decorations, cut themselves while wrapping presents, and trip over electric cables or toys left on floors. There are instances of children or pets swallowing small ornaments, and even electrical shocks from holiday tree lights. So, we’ve put together 10 tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe and merry over the holidays. 

On the front lines of migration in the Sonoran Desert

Last November, a delegation from the Canadian Red Cross visited the Mexican Red Cross team in Nogales, a city in the state of Sonora bordering the U.S. state of Arizona. Many of the residents of this arid desert town came from other parts of the country to work in one of the numerous cross-border manufacturing plants, or maquiladoras, that produce goods for international export.

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