05 May Mental Health Week 2020
CMHA Mental Health Week is being observed May 4-10, 2020. This year, the theme is ‘social connection’ and its importance for mental health. The campaign calls for us to #GetReal about how we really feel. We commonly ask one another how we are but don’t commonly provide – or expect – a truthful answer. Many respond with the common phrase, ‘fine’ even if we don’t feel that way. This keeps us from making real connections with others. When we go through these motions, we miss a chance to connect with others in ways that are truly meaningful. We all have mental health and we all need social connection. Even prior to COVID-19, loneliness and social isolation were a major concern in our society. The effects of this crisis are greatly impacting individuals suffering from symptoms of anxiety, depression and OCD, which include feelings of isolation, loneliness, stress and fear.
Here are AGS’ Top Ten Resources to conserve and protect your mental health:
- Mental Health Week Toolkit
- 5 Ted Talks addressing anxiety and encourage building resilience
- Big White Wall: Online peer to peer support for mental health
- BounceBack Ontario: Free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
- Starling Minds: Free and confidential digital mental health program.
- Why a Good Night’s Sleep is so Important Now, More than Ever
- Caring for Yourself, Caring for your Team, and Caring for Others. (Free online crisis training for essential workers)
- Wellness Resources for Health Professionals
- Ten Percent Happier – Coronavirus Sanity Guide
- Small But Effective Ways to Boost Your Mental Health Right Now