Mental health is a core part of our well-being, but according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) one in five Canadians will experience mental health problems or mental illness in any given year. Yet only one-third will seek out – and receive – the treatment they need. The focus of this year’s Mental Health Week, taking place May 1st – May 7th, is to improve access to care by calling for an end to long wait times and limited services that prevent Canadians from getting the mental health care they need.
We can also support Mental Health Week if we #GetLoud and speak out against discrimination and stigma directed at those living with a mental illness, and use our voices to raise awareness and build support for those struggling with mental health issues. We can also do this by encouraging honest conversations with those we are concerned about, paying attention to changes in the mood and behaviour of those around us, and offering our unconditional support.
We must also take charge of our own mental well-being by living well and taking advantage of the tools available that help us cope with difficult situations and the many challenges we face. Living a healthy, active lifestyle boosts our mood and helps improve our overall well-being. We can also reach out to people we trust during the tough times, whether it be a friend, family member, loved one, or your family doctor. Doctors are a great resource who care about their patients’ overall health and have connections to other health professionals.
This week, let’s all #GetLoud in support of positive mental health.
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