The focus of this year’s Mental Health Week is to promote social connection and the role it plays in good mental health. During this COVID-19 global pandemic, we need each other more than ever. It’s common in our society to ask people how they are. Unfortunately, it’s also common not to provide – or expect – a truthful answer. This Mental Health Week it’s time to #GetREal about how we feel and to lean on others for support.
Mental Health week 2020 is going to look different. We are not able to host events, but there are still lots of ways that you can be involved! Here’s what you can do.
Let’s make a pact to LEARN about our mental health and explore new ways to make social connections. Three really good websites for resources are:
Let’s #GetReal and SHARE how we feel. Let’s say more than “just fine” when people ask how we are. Talk about it. Encourage others to talk too. Have real conversations with your friends, family and coworkers about how you are really doing. Remember we’re in this together. Download the Mental Health Week toolkitwww.mentalhealthweek.ca for more resources. Feel free to use any of CMHA’s downloadable Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts to help you spread the word and use the hashtags #GetReal #MentalHealthWeek #TogetherApart.
One more way to Share your support, dig your Christmas lights out and fire them back up! Let’s be honest, some of you haven’t even taken them down… It’ll show your neighbours that you support Mental Health Week and it’ll add a little sparkle throughout our Island communities.
If you can, participate in #Giving Tuesday on May 5 and DONATE. #GivingTuesday is a global movement that normally happens after Black Friday, but in light of COVID-19, they’re hosting another day of giving during CMHA Mental Health Week. You can donate online, by calling (902) 566-3034 between 9am and 4pm, Monday-Friday, or by mail to P.O. Box 785, Charlottetown, PE C1A 1S1. Cheques can be made out to Canadian Mental Health Association, PEI. Tax receipts will be issued. Any donations made to CMHA-PEI stay in the province in support of mental health programs and services for Islanders. CMHA-PEI staff are all still working hard every day to keep Islanders healthy and safe.
Make sure to CONNECT with those people you care about. Continue to reach out and see how your family, friends and neighbours are doing. AND If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, please know that help is available. Please call our CMHA PEI Mental Health Resource Line at 1-800-682-1648, Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm and the Island Helpline is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-218-2885.