At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential – both as individuals and citizens. We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future.
Start Talking is a place where we want to raise awareness of key issues that face today’s youth. We will sometimes advocate, sometimes educate, sometimes inform, sometimes ask questions and always invite discussion about the pressing concerns that involve the younger generations of today.

Monday, January 26, 2015

It’s time we do more than TALK about Mental Health

If you are a parent - you have had a sick child. And you have gone through the angst of when to call the doctor or go to the clinic…

But what if you suspect there is something wrong but it is not physical? What if they are just not themselves or they seem to have trouble coping with things or they are not getting along with other kids? Sometimes a mental health issue can look like misbehaviour or a “phase”.

When do you seek help and how do you seek help?

My heart goes out to any parent facing this dilemma today. Yes it is important we continue to raise awareness about mental health issues and take them as seriously as physical health, but it is also time we stop TALKING and start DOING!

The WHO states: Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Imagine the impact on the economy and society as a whole if we do not address mental health issues and make it a priority.

Promoting mental health depends largely on a variety of strategies that intersect all sectors of our communities from early childhood intervention; to support to children and youth; to empowerment of women and programs targeting vulnerable groups to name a few.

Let’s continue to TALK but also TAKE ACTION with more than a tweet but also by supporting and investing in programs such as Mentoring which research has proven to promote positive mental health in children and youth which continues into adulthood.

To find our more how you can support and invest in mentoring:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bowling 101

Have you heard? BBBS’s Bowl for Kid’s Sake is in full spin across Canada and we want to make sure that you’re all ready and in tip top shape to bowl your best game!

Here are some tips & tricks to help you bowl like a pro-
  1. Choose your ball
    When it comes to picking a ball, it can be a little tricky- if it's too light it'll be hard to control, and a heavy ball will lack the momentum it needs to knock the pins down. So, make sure your grip is comfortable and you can release the ball easily so you can get that strike!
  2. Bowling Shoes
    Most bowling shoes have 'special slides' -Make sure that you slide on the opposite foot to the hand you're bowling with. Sliding helps the momentum of the ball and gives it extra power to really knock those pins down.
  3. Tamed Twinkle toes
    Keep your steps smooth and small as you go for that all-important swing. Point your swing where you want your ball to go and you're on target for that strike!
  4. Feet on the floor
    Extend the arm you don't bowl with to help keep your balance. You don't want to fall over at a crucial moment!
  5. Paying attention
    Try not to get distracted and look straight ahead and keep those pins in your sight. Remember to keep your eyes open!
  6. Think you're ready?
    We do too! Get out there and have fun!
Don’t forget to celebrate when you get a great score or when you knock those pins down! Here’s a quick video on how to ‘celebrate’ your bowling success!

Share with us your bowling secrets and tips.