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Mental health and men: how to support your loved ones

A man sitting on a leather couch is holding is head, looking sad

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.

A man sitting on a leather couch is holding is head, looking sad

Could you survive on what’s in your pantry?

A pantry, with doors open, full of food

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.

A pantry, with doors open, full of food

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

William Coney discusses with a person affected by Fiona

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.”

William Coney discusses with a person affected by Fiona

Slips, trips and falls: How to stay safe in icy weather

Downward view of legs standing on ice

In many parts of the country, winter means icy roads and sidewalks.  With ice comes an increased risk of falls and injury. Here are some tips on how to lessen the risk of falls in icy conditions.

Downward view of legs standing on ice

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.

3 reasons why volunteering is the best New Year's resolution

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When considering New Year's resolutions, it’s easy to have a long list of ambitions: meet new people, learn a new skill, spend more time with family and friends and so on. But, if you want to combine all those goals into one, make your resolution to volunteer in 2023!

Two Red Cross members walking with an older woman between them who is wrapped in a Red Cross blanket

What responding to emergencies in Canada and West Africa taught me

Sarah Parisio walking in flooded water with 3 Red Cross members

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.

Sarah Parisio walking in flooded water with 3 Red Cross members

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

Two dogs in holiday costumes, one sitting up and the other laying down

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.

Two dogs in holiday costumes, one sitting up and the other laying down

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