May is Mental Health Awareness Month
We encourage you to be more aware of your mental health this month. Notice when it is good and the days that you are struggling. Is there a pattern to this ? Are there external reasons that you can improve ? Do you get enough sleep, get enough nutritious food, get enough fresh air? Do you call people who make you feel good ? How do you cope with stress from work ? from family ? from friends? What can you do to put your mental health first ?
Noticing and being aware of these things will help you to identify when and if it is time to reach out for help. Please, when you need it .....ask for help.
Mental Health Facts:
Poor mental health affects every Canadian. Some will be affected directly, some indirectly. Some will have a mental illness, some will be caring for those who are ill. Others will have indirect experience through a family member, a friend or a colleague. Most of us will be affected by a period of poor mental health at some point in our lives, either through bereavement, life changes or unexpected life events. In any one year 1 in 5 of us are experiencing poor mental health. The majority of us will get the help we need and move on with our lives, hopefully forever more tolerant of those who are struggling.
With this level of experience of Mental Health issues and illness it is astonishing that we don't talk about it all the time. That it isn't part of everyday conversation, that we hide behind words like fine, good and okay. This May make a promise with yourself and us, when someone asks you how you are ......tell them the truth !
Mental Health Awareness Month ................It starts with your awareness of yourself !
Registration for our Sunrise Walk is still open. This will be our 7th Sunrise Walk and while Covid-19 means that we can't gather in the large groups, we can still take part in Canada's most HOPEFUL and unique suicide prevention event.
To register for this years #SolaceSunrise21 go to - Sunrise Walk 2021 Canadahelps
While we ask you to adhere to the Covid-19 restrictions in your area on the 5th June, they don't stop you from getting your whole household involved in this event. So why not register your household and get everyone involved in the best morning of the year.
We want to make this years Sunrise Walk the largest suicide awareness and prevention event in Canada. To do this we need everyone to join us, from Victoria to PEI and Yellow Knife to Kitchener we need your help to make the statement to your community that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Do you think you can help us spread the word ? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This is the 7th year of the Sunrise Walk and while the conversation in Canada is changing, we are not there yet. Help us to make that change.