May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Hey guys! Hope everyone is staying strong throughout this crazy time in the world. As most of you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I think most of us can say we know at least one person who is battling something at this very moment.
Each year millions of people face the reality of living with a mental illness. Many people go undiagnosed and never get help.
Some people worry about asking for help because there can be stigma around mental health problems. They may believe that asking for help means admitting that something is wrong. Some people worry about how others might see them. Asking for help means that you want to make changes or take steps towards your new health goals. We should celebrate the courage it takes to speak up and make changes. Getting help is part of recovery.
Tips on Getting Help
- Talk with supportive friends and family. Share your feelings with them and let them be part of your team.
- Talk to your family doctor. They are a great resource and can link you to other professionals, if needed.
- Connect with community mental health clinics or organizations like the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) for information, support, and services.
- Call a help line. Some organizations also offer support online or through text messaging.
- Learn more about mental health. You can find useful books, websites, and other resources through your provincial or territorial government and community agencies.
- Connect with others who have personal experience with a mental illness and learn more about their recovery journey.
- Attend workshops and education sessions hosted at community centres, agencies, schools, colleges or universities.
- Talk with a member or leader you trust from your faith or cultural group.
REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Let’s continue to break the stigma that still surrounds mental illness and uplift each other. Checking in on your friends, family, colleagues during this time is more important than ever. #breakthestigma
Canadian Mental Health Association https://cmha.ca/documents/getting-help
Crisis Services Canada http://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/
If you or someone you know are ever in immediate danger call 911