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Counselling and Mental Health Resource List

We’ve put together a resource list of free counselling and mental health support services in Durham Region and Toronto. This resource list can be downloaded below.

If you would like further support or need help finding counselling services in your immediate area, please do not hesitate to contact us at (289) 302-4094 or info@revitaled.ca. If you are a service provider that would like to be added to our resource list, feel free to contact us.

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The overarching vision for Revitaled Reintegration Services is quite simple: to build positive and healthy communities for all. Learn more about the work we do here.

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Revitaled has a counselling program to help clients develop a plan to reclaim empowerment, restore their lives, and get themselves on positive path to achieve their goals.

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How to cope with the mistakes you have made

Revitaled Reintegration Services’ Operations Director and Counselling Lead, Cheddi Julien, is the proud creator of an internationally recognized blog, Motivating.Academy. As a mentor to at-risk youth for nearly 20 years, Cheddi has heard the same story been told over and over again. A young person makes a mistake that leads to a poor decision that leads to another poor decision, and another, and another. Before that person knows it, they are caught up in a lifestyle that they don’t really want to be in, but feel they have no choice but to pursue.

Now a Pastor, Cheddi is counseling adults and youth who have made poor decisions. His faith-oriented approach to life coaching and counselling takes in the form of a simple formula: the mistakes I’ve made versus the mistakes I’m about to make. His methods, which are adapted to be non-faith-oriented or faith-oriented (depending on the client’s preference), are designed to help clients identify the lifestyle patterns that have gotten them to the place that they are in. Primarily used to help individuals looking to make positive changes in their lives, his goal is to help them to break free from patterns leaving them stuck, and to pursue their dreams, goals, and ideal lifestyles.

Below is an excerpt of one of his most recent articles: How to cope with the mistakes you have made

This particular article aims to encourage those who have made life-altering mistakes to keep pursuing a positive path and reach their desired destination.

We may not be able to fix our mistakes; however, we can learn to cope with them and learn to live with these mistakes. This process is called reintegration. (The action or process of restoring elements regarded as disparate to unite with society.) This is a perfect opportunity to take back your life. We must stay in control of our life by steering the wheel to words the path of righteousness.

When considering how you want to be successful and how to cope with the mistakes you have made, you have limited options. First, there is God. He will forgive you and restore you if you believe. He will go the extra mile and look beyond your faults to see your needs. God can fix anyone but first, you must let go of the bad habits that caused the mistakes in the first place.

The world may have changed, but opportunities are available.

True external change begins in the mind. Change your mindset and reverse the attractions and interests you developed towards the things and people that caused you to stray. There are organizations that specialize in assisting individuals struggling with change. Therefore, you are not alone. Hope and restoration are heading your way. Accept your mistake and look forward to the new chapter in your life through the promise that change brings.

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Food Insecurity Resource List

We’ve put together a resource list of food banks and food insecurity support services in Durham Region and Toronto. This resource list can be downloaded below.

If you would like further support or information on nutrition or holistic health, please do not hesitate to contact us at (289) 302-4094 or info@revitaled.ca. If you are a service provider that would like to be added to our resource list, feel free to contact us.

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How to Build Healthy Communication Skills

Communication is a vital part of our day to day lives. Each and everyone of us need communication to share our thoughts and express our ideas. Communication is a powerful tool that has the power to affect our relationships with ourselves and with others. Communication, and more importantly, the quality of our communication, is powerful enough to affect our quality of life.

On September 30, 2021, the Revitaled team hosted its first ever workshop.

The topic of communication resonated strongly with our audience, who candidly shared their experiences with us. During this workshop we addressed the following subjects:

  • What communication is.
  • Myths about communication.
  • Why healthy communication skills are important.
  • A roadmap to building healthy and positive communication skills.
  • Communication basics (built with releasees in mind).
  • How to communicate negative feelings in positive ways.
  • How to communicate with different people in your life, and those with different personalities, in challenging situations.
  • How to build relationships with others from a foundation of positive communication.

The discussion during and after our workshop led us to realize unique challenges surrounding communication facing those impacted from crime and the criminal justice system, and practitioners within the correctional and judicial system. Training regiments provided to those working with victims and offenders are very homogenous and are not inclusive of unique experiences and adverse challenges impacting offenders, survivors, and victims of crime.

Our biggest takeaway from this workshop was the importance of listening and strategic thinking as a critical tool for practitioners to create positive spaces for positive communication with offenders, survivors, and victims of crime.

A key component of effectively communicating with vulnerable populations and those who have been through traumatic experiences is to create safe spaces that encourage respect and positivity.

Ways that this can be done is through:

  1. Providing your full and undivided attention to the person speaking. As mentioned in our workshop, part of effective communication is active listening. Active listening can be displayed verbally through responsive cues (i.e., nodding) or repetition through question.
  2. Do not interrupt the other person while they are speaking. This suggests that you don’t care what they have to say, which could damage the trust within your relationship. Working effectively with vulnerable populations and those who have been in traumatic situations requires an ample amount of trust. Allowing the person you are speaking to to complete their thoughts demonstrates that you are interested in what they are saying, and that you have respect for them, their emotions, and their experiences.
  3. Ask questions for follow-up. This is something most practitioners do anyway within professional settings; however, this is something that we can do with our clients in less formal settings as well. Questions show that we are listening and that we are interested. When others feel like we are interested in what they are sharing, they feel more compelled to share because they feel valued.
  4. Ask for permission. Asking for permission provides the person that we are speaking to with autonomy and empowerment. For example, if we ask them for permission before asking a personal question, it creates room for our questions to be received thoughtfully. Additionally, remind your client that they have permission as well, whether it’s asking you questions or talking for an extra amount of time on a topic that they are really passionate about or expressing an unaddressed concern.

The goal in creating safe spaces is multifold; however, when we talk about communication with our clients, we want to create safe spaces to understand their experiences. In doing so, we can then create effective solutions to assist them in growing and thriving.

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Sowing Seeds – Jan 2022: Self-improvement through self-love

Sowing Seeds is a series on Revitaled that provides inspiration and practical tips for growth and self-improvement. Our goal through this series is to provide readers with ways that they can strive towards positive, healthy lives.


Before you first wake up, before you brush your teeth, you are already loved

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of us to live in isolation away from our family, friends, and loved-ones. Isolation has led many of us to pay attention to ourselves in ways that we have not done so before. It’s challenging to see ourselves in a full, unfiltered manner. While this is a healthy thing to do, sometimes seeing the good, bad, and ugly in ourselves can lead us to embrace unhealthy perceptions about who we are.

We have to hold onto the truth in these false moments. The truth is that we are loved beyond description, and that we are deserving of this love; however, we cannot receive this love from others if we do not first love ourselves.

Here are three, practical steps to work towards self-improvement through self-love.

1. Make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We are all gift that only we can uniquely use to inspire and help others. Through acts of service, we come to realize what these gifts are. Whether it is opening the door for another person, sharing compliments with a stranger, or cooking a meal for a family member, we all have talents that bless others. Discover these talents by serving others, and nurture them so that you can learn your value and purpose.

Try starting this practice by making it a goal to do one thing for another person everyday.

2. Practice gratitude

Even on the worst days, there are good things that happen to us. These good things don’t need to be big, once-in-a-lifetime gestures or opportunities. The fact that you are alive today is a blessing that can warrant some gratitude. Practicing gratitude helps us to celebrate positivity and good experiences, improve our health, deal with challenges, and strengthen relationships (Harvard Health, 2021).

Consider using a self-reflection journal and write down at least one thing in this journal every day/night that you are grateful for.

Pro Tip: Express gratitude towards yourself for things that you are proud of yourself for doing. Celebrating you will help you to develop a stronger relationship with yourself.

3. Plan for a better tomorrow

The pandemic has helped many to notice that tomorrow is not always guaranteed; nevertheless, we should always strive for a better tomorrow. Perhaps you noticed that today you did something that you should not have done. Maybe you cheated on a test or lied to a family member. Reflection is important for us to do because it helps us determine areas for improvement. Reflection isn’t suppose to be a time when we beat ourselves up because of our faults; rather, it is an opportunity for us to strive towards improvement.

Identify areas that you want to improve in, and track your progress. Write your progress down in a self-reflection journal. You will be pleased — and surprised! — at your drive and ability to achieve your goals.

Note to Self: This is a great chance to practice patience. You won’t always achieve your goals at the pace you want to; however, if you remain dedicated you will see growth overtime.

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Mistakes I’ve made vs mistakes I am about to make

Revitaled Reintegration Services’ Operations Director and Counselling Lead, Cheddi Julien, is the proud creator of an internationally recognized blog, Motivating.Academy. As a mentor to at-risk youth for nearly 20 years, Cheddi has heard the same story been told over and over again. A young person makes a mistake that leads to a poor decision that leads to another poor decision, and another, and another. Before that person knows it, they are caught up in a lifestyle that they don’t really want to be in, but feel they have no choice but to pursue.

Now a Pastor, Cheddi is counseling adults and youth who have made poor decisions. His faith-oriented approach to life coaching and counselling takes in the form of a simple formula: the mistakes I’ve made versus the mistakes I’m about to make. His methods, which are adapted to be non-faith-oriented or faith-oriented (depending on the client’s preference), are designed to help clients identify the lifestyle patterns that have gotten them to the place that they are in. Primarily used to help individuals looking to make positive changes in their lives, his goal is to help them to break free from patterns leaving them stuck, and to pursue their dreams, goals, and ideal lifestyles.

Below is an excerpt from one of his most highly acclaimed articles “Mistakes I’ve Made versus Mistakes I Am About To Make.” The link to read more can be found here.

“Before you exit this article, I hope you will take the time to read this entire post. Mistakes are so very easy to occur with satan’s persistence. We often act before thinking about the consequences that follow our actions. There is no age limit for a person to begin making mistakes. Additionally, there is no Mr. Perfect or Mrs. Right. As humans, we will all be tempted to do things that are unlawful and ungodly.

CHEDDI JULIEN, MISTAKES I’VE MADE VS MISTAKE I’M ABOUT TO MAKE

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Our Counselling Lead provides free one-on-one informal counselling and optional faith-based counselling. We hope to have free psychotherapy sessions and a lived-experience mentorship program soon.

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