Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources

Emotional health is an important part of overall health. Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress and does not mean you are happy all the time. Emotionally healthy people still feel stress, anger, and sadness but they know how to manage their negative feelings. They can tell when a problem is more than they can handle on their own and know when to seek support from friends, family, or medical professionals. Emotionally healthy individuals have an optimistic approach to life and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations.

Being emotionally healthy means you are aware of and accept your emotions and feel you can deal with them. It involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.

Individuals who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and are able to cope with life’s challenges, keep problems in perspective, and bounce back from setbacks. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships.

​​Emotional wellness requires active practice in the same way physical wellness requires a commitment to a healthy active lifestyle.  There are steps you can take to improve your emotional health.  Having available strategies to refer to can be a great place to start.

​Below are a list of some of the emotional challenges you may be facing.  Clicking on any of the topics below will redirect you to a page of resources and strategies dedicated to supporting each topic. Resources include articles, books, blogs, medical journals and videos. It is important to find a strategy that works best for you.  If you have a resource or topic you would like to see on this page please email us at lyanne@saveyourskin.ca.

Find Us on HealthUnlocked: Melanoma Wellness Canada

In the summer of 2017, Save Your Skin Foundation conducted a patient survey seeking insight on the emotional and psychological impact of a melanoma diagnosis, in order to expand on our personal experiences and to learn how we may be able to help improve support systems for patients and survivors across Canada.  Since the release of the report from that survey (click here to read the report), we developed a poster for display during our attendance at the 12th Annual Canadian Melanoma Conference (February 2018). This poster is titled:




We welcome the discussions that the information in this poster will inspire, and we will continue to bring voice to the challenges that are faced by those who are touched by melanoma skin cancer.  To read the poster we have created from the survey results, please click on the image below to view it in PDF format, in which you will be able to zoom in on the small text and graphs.


The survey was conducted in English using the SurveyMonkey online platform. It was also made available in French for Quebec residents. The English survey was open from August 21, 2017 to September 25, 2017; the French survey was open from August 28, 2017 to September 25, 2017. There were 28 participants in the English survey, and 19 in the French survey. French to English translations were largely performed by our in-house translator, Danika Garneau. The English and French results are combined for the purpose of this project. The poster will provide an overview of the survey results.  For any feedback or questions, please contact natalie@saveyourskin.ca.


To view the complete survey responses, please click here:
Save Your Skin Foundation Mental Health Survey 2017 – English
Sondage sur la Santé Mentale de la Fondation Sauve Ta Peau 2017 – en Francais


Stay tuned for updates on our work in mental wellness and self-care after cancer diagnosis. 

Strategies for dealing with Overwhelm
Strategies for dealing with Catastrophic Thinking
Strategies for maintaining Hope


Chronic overwhelm is one of the major causes of anxiety and anxiety disorders. When you’re overwhelmed, your mind overloads with all that’s going on. It takes a toll on your nervous, immune and hormonal systems, and left unattended will likely produce cycles of anxiety, fatigue and temporary despair.


Your body sends physical warning signs but your mind can easily override warning signals until you spiral down into overwhelm. Having strategies in place to refer to when you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed is a helpful tool.


There are many strategies for managing Overwhelm.  It is important to find the strategy that works best for you.  When you find success with a strategy you will be more likely to refer to it when needed.  Emotional Wellness is an active ongoing process, be patient with yourself.


Strategies for Overwhelm

Accept Your Anxiety
Change overwhelm inducing thoughts

Thoughts of uncontrollability or unpredictability are the backbone of overwhelm. It can be the unrealistic or unreasonable thoughts that induce our feeling of overwhelm. It’s important to pay attention to what we tell ourselves and learn to create helpful thoughts.

  1. How to Change Your Thoughts – The Daily Positive

  2. How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed – Psych Alive

  3. Mind Over Medicine – Lissa Rankin MD

Develop Coping Strategies In Advance
Engage in an activity that you enjoy

It’s not just about too many overwhelming things on your plate, but also about too few things on your plate that strengthen you or build you up.  Find time for the activities that will give you strength and resilience to get through everything else.

  1. How to Make More Time For the Things You Love – Richly Rooted

  2. Relieve Stress With A Bath Meditation -VeryWellMind.com

Find Support
Focus on what you are doing

Think about what you are doing rather than what you’re not getting done. Worry and time have an inverse relationship. The more you have of one, the less you have of the other.

  1. You’re More Resilient Than You Give Yourself Credit For – Harvard Business Review

Get it out of your head

Take the ‘overwhelm’ out of your head and put it on paper, where you can distance yourself from it a bit.

  1. The Health Benefits of Journaling – PsychCentral

  2. How To Start A Journal and Keep it Up – The Guardian

Practice Mindfulness
Take a deep breath
Take out the significance

Assume objectivity about an issue or feeling, as if it were another person having this problem. One of the first things you may notice is how much more compassionate and understanding you are toward this imagined person than you have been toward yourself.

  1. Solution for Overwhelm – Heart Math​

Listed above are a few sources of information and support you might find useful. These groups are not connected to Save Your Skin Foundation. We are providing the links as useful sources of information but do not monitor content for accuracy and quality.


NOTE: The information on the Save Your Skin website is not intended to replace the medical advice of a doctor or healthcare provider. While we make every effort to ensure that the information on our site is as current as possible, please note that information and statistics are subject to change as new research and studies are published. 

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