Taking Your Energy Back: What Does Caregiver Empowerment Look Like
Learn tools for setting better boundaries, protecting your energy and preventing burnout.

Published by Room For Her

Published on September 23, 2022
Helping others can feel empowering and exhausting. Whether raising kids, emotionally supporting partners or professionally caring for others at work, women bear the largest burden of society’s caregiving duties — and it can take a toll on our mental health.

In this one-hour conversation, we’ll discuss how the division of labour impacts women’s mental health, including recognizing signs of caregiver burnout and, most importantly, how to build better boundaries and care for ourselves. Supporting the conversation is Yasmine Cheyenne, a therapist and founder of The Sugar Jar Community App, a self-care toolbox built for everyone, especially those who play the role of caregiver in their life — alongside Rachel Toledano, VP of Clinical Services at Inkblot Therapy, and Harriet Ekperigin, VP Mental Health at Green Shield Canada

The Speakers

Yasmine Cheyenne: Yasmine is a self-healing educator, author, speaker, and mental wellness advocate who helps people learn how to cultivate daily practices to build healthy, joyful lives. She’s built an online community of over 150K followers and is the host of The Sugar Jar Podcast. She recently spoke about “How Boundaries Make Space For What We Truly Desire” for TEDxRutgersCamden. Her expertise has been featured in top media such as The Today Show, Forbes, InStyle Magazine, Refinery29 and more. In early 2022, Cheyenne launched The Sugar Jar® Community app, a safe space to develop self-awareness, learn boundaries, and find resources to support your mental health.

Dr. Rachel Toledano: Dr. Rachel Toledano is a registered Clinical Psychologist with two decades of experience treating individuals and couples. Her expertise includes common disorders and addictions related to anxiety, stress, trauma, anger, identity and more. As the VP of Clinical Services at Inkblot Therapy, Dr. Toledano oversees several business areas across Canada and the U.S., leaning on her ten years of experience supporting mental health and addictions in the workplace.


Harriet Ekperigin (Vice President Mental Health, Green Shield Canada): Harriet takes on the day-to-day leadership of GSH’s Mental Health Strategy while supporting the growth of Inkblot Therapy and other mental health partners. Most recently, Ekperigin was the senior lead for Virtual Mental Health at the Ontario Telemedicine Network and Ontario Health. She was responsible for implementing and driving virtual mental health services. Previously, she held several transformative roles in the private and public sectors, including KPMG and the Ministry of Transportation.
Disclaimer: This article contains guidelines or advice not intended to self-diagnose or treat. No content should be used as a substitute for direct advice from a qualified professional such as your doctor or mental health professional. Please reach out for support with a certified professional related to the symptoms you may be experiencing.

If you are in crisis and require immediate support, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Alternately, please contact the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1 833 456-4566 (en tout temps). 1-833-456-4566 (24/7). For residents of Québec, call1 866 APPELLE (1 866 277-3553).

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