Who Are We?

Phoenix Residential Society is a charitable non-profit community based health care organization providing psychosocial (psychiatric) rehabilitation services to persons in Regina with psychiatric disorders, concurrent disorders (psychiatric & substance abuse) and persons who are chronically homeless, persons with acquired brain injury (ABI) and other cognitive disabilities.
About Us

What Is Our Vision?

Strengthening Community by Supporting Recovery.

What Is Our Mission?

To provide recovery oriented services that foster empowerment, promote hope, and build connectedness in the community.

Our Core Values:

Person Centered
Team Oriented

How Are We Financed?

Phoenix receives funds from a variety of sources including the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Services, Saskatchewan Government Insurance and funding through the Federal Reaching Home Program. A small percentage of revenue is provided through self-payers, and charitable donations.
We provide income tax receipts for donations made directly to Phoenix, or donate by following the link below:

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All roads lead to and start with mental health....all of them, the straight and narrow, the long and short, those off the beaten path - AND - that’s why it is so incredibly important to take care of your mental health. People downplay it, say it’s not, it can’t be as bad as it seems, but only those who live it can truly understand the havoc mental health can wreck on our lives. Sometimes the impact it has on our lives such as unemployment is worse than the illness itself. Mental illness is hard, complex - harder than most physical illnesses - and that’s why it is so hard to reach recovery. To truly reach it you have to address a million and one things, the visible and invisible obstacles. The best strategy is to divide and conquer, identify areas of your life impacted by your mental illness and address them one-by-one - identify how mental illness affects your physical health and address it, friendships - address it. You won’t be able to address all of them, but the closer you get the easier it will get to live with mental illness. The best way to start is to examine your life and realize all the things your mental illness is impacting and start doing what’s best for you, all of you. If you don’t do what’s best, don’t blame it entirely on your mental illness, because at least part of the blame lies with you. To get anywhere, I had to stop whining and complaining about my mental illness and do what was best for me. Don’t let your mental illness be your crutch. Talk about it on ForLikeMinds.com ... See MoreSee Less

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Good info.I am sharing the following tips to help people breathe easier when wearing a mask. Many have reported, in groups I participate in, that it makes their symptoms worse or they have new ones. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Medical professionals usually get training on this, though recently I have heard from them as well. This post is not intended as a place to debate the efficacy of masks, the validity of protocols to wear them or to shame or judge people people for their views.

I am a Breath Behavior Analyst. My specialty is the psychophysiology of breathing. That means how our breathing habits affect the body’s chemistry and nervous system regulation. This includes hormones and thermoregulation issues.

Since all the Covid Protocols came into effect I see so many people who are experiencing an increase of or new symptoms while wearing a mask. The majority of this is from habits we use to breathe while wearing a mask that work against us. Most of this is unconscious breathing behavior, but the good news is you can reverse it quite quickly.

I refuse to profit off of world pandemic. So I’m offering these tips and free help to anyone who needs more support after trying this for a few days. There is no catch, except maybe finally catching your breath.

1. Only wear a mask if you cannot social distance according to Covid-19 protocols. I do not advocate for or against mask-wearing as a precaution (there are enough people doing that) but I do advocate staying healthy with good breath hygiene while wearing one.

2. Nasal breathe only.
NEVER mouth breathe in a mask. Your nose thermoregulates and moistens the air to keep the lungs working properly and nasal hairs and mucus are the first line of defence for your immune system.

Mouth breathing drys the airway, restricts alveolar intake, and gives you zero protection from any particles you inhale. This triggers the sympathetic nervous system and a whole host of physical responses best known as the flight or fight response.

You can breathe through your nose even when doing heavy lifting or other activities that get your heart pumping. You can breathe even if your nose is stuffy. In fact it will help your nose to clear the mucus and reduce inflammation in the sinuses too!!

This may take time to get used to. Try wearing a mask for just a few minutes at a time at home to practice if nasal breathing is not your norm. Also practice wearing it during light activities to simulate what you do when you are in public wearing it.

3. Breathe lightlybut not shallow in the mask. Taking bigger breaths blows off too much CO2 which reduces oxygen perfusion as a result of trapping O2 in the blood ; hence all the symptoms.

** Cloth and non-surgical masks do not restrict O2. Your breath habits in a mask do. **

Side notes: light nasal breathing also gets rid of the foggy glasses because the airflow is down and out the sides of the mask instead of creating back flow.

4. Change it often. A wet mask reduces effectiveness, creates more heat and resistance to airflow thus increasing perceived difficulty breathing.

I truly hope this helps. We all have enough going on in our changing bodies. Here’s to thriving, not just surviving.

(The picture is me, LV Kusch, in the airport last week on an emergency family visit. I know the mask isn’t on properly. Watch this video about how to wear a mask.


If you are going to wear one it’s important to secure it properly. I was rushed at security, dropped my mask after being asked to remove it twice and had to shove a new one on while getting out of the way of people who were impatient. I took this picture because I felt flustered and decided to use it to help others. I am leaving it up because no one gets it right all the time. 💛

Thanks for your attention and for reading the article. I hope the tips help you and the people you love.)
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I can’t always blame people for not understanding mental health conditions. There are a lot of physical illnesses many of us don’t know much about either, including me. But I do blame them if they don’t practice the golden rule of media consumption - “you can’t believe everything you read” - or if they’re only interested in sensationalized accounts or if they spread false information, inaccuracies, stereotypes by not checking the reliability of their sources, the accuracy of information they’ve come across. I do blame them if they don’t realize how important this is to our community given the prevalence of stigma. I do blame them if they have a good friend or family member with mental illness and they can’t be bothered to learn about it so that they can be a better supporter. There’s too much hurtful information out there - we can’t address it all, it’s impossible. Trying can be infuriating. It’s better to focus on our immediate circle - help your friends and family understand your illness. It’s important to note that mental illness impacts people differently, a whole combination of factors can influence our illness. There is no one source of information that people can turn to to learn about our specific experiences, so when you’re able help educate those who mean the most to you - they’re the only ones that count. Talk about it on ForLikeMinds.com ... See MoreSee Less

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One more shout-out to United Way Regina for their help with our Emergency Vulnerable Senior's Outreach Program. We finished off our grant by purchasing some pantry staples to give out to each of the seniors here at Phoenix.

This program was made possible by United Way Regina's COVID-19 Seniors Response Fund funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Senior's Program.
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