World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year across the globe on October 10. This just so happens to be Thanksgiving in Canada, a time which, we hope, is enjoyed with family and friends. Unfortunately, the pandemic has, and continues to, take its toll on many people’s mental health around the world and here at home too, with many aspects of mental health being challenged.
Initiated by the WHO (World Health Organization), the main purpose of World Mental Health Day is to help raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
We love our community, and so we wanted to highlight this important day and encourage all of you to take the time to look out for yourselves and those around you. Here are our top tips for looking after your mental health this World Mental Health Day and every day:
- Check in with your own mental health - making it a priority to do this regularly can help you reduce stress levels and avoid burnout
- Share your experiences - real stories can spark important conversations and make people feel less alone or embarrassed about what they are experiencing
- Practise self-care - this can look different for everyone. Go for a walk, read a book, try a new healthy recipe. Whatever it is, take the time to do something that is just for you to keep your mind and body healthy
- Reach out to loved ones - this is the perfect time to check in with people and ask how they’re doing. It’s also a great opportunity to remind them that you’re here for them if needed
Mental health and well-being should be a priority for all, no matter where you live. If you need some support, here are some resources to access in our community:
- Community mental health programs provide a variety of services to help support people who have ongoing mental health issues living in the community.
- CAMH - Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres provides resources and support for those who need help.
- Stella’s Place - providing mental health support and resources for young adults in Toronto aged 16-29.
- Wellness Together Canada offers free virtual mental health services 24/7 for kids, youth and adults.
We wish everyone in our community a healthy and happy Thanksgiving holiday season!