GET LOUD to promote mental health. The louder we get, the bigger the change we will make.
Canadian Mental Health Association – Wood Buffalo Region (CMHA) and Some Other Solutions (SOS) are partnering together to encourage the RMWB to GET LOUD and take action for positive mental health.
What does it mean to GET LOUD? For CMHA and SOS, to GET LOUD means speaking up to stop discrimination against people struggling with mental illnesses. It means taking action and using your voice to raise awareness and build support – for yourself and for those around you. This year, speak out against the long wait times Canadians endure before meeting a mental health professional.
Mental Illnesses are treatable. People can, and do recover, but these illnesses often go untreated until they’re severe. We don’t wait until stage 4 to treat cancer. We act fast. But when it comes to mental illnesses, it’s a whole other story.
Your Path to Mental Well-Being
Being mentally healthy isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a “perfect” or “normal” life. It’s about living well and having the tools to cope with difficult situations and life’s many challenges. Each person’s path to mental well-being is unique. We all have our own goals, our own challenges, our own talents and our own supports. Staying mentally healthy is like staying physically fit – it requires effort. But the rewards are worth it! Everyone faces stresses and demands in their lives, but we all need and deserve breaks from them. Daily physical exercise, for instance, not only makes your stronger and more fit, but it can also improve your mood and your sense of well-being. Take charge of your mental well-being.
Positive Mental Health Tips
- Reach out to people you trust: personal connections are some of the most powerful healing tools.
- Live well: a healthy lifestyle can boost your mood.
- Make time for fun.
- “Collect” positive emotional moments: Make it a point to recall times when you have experienced pleasure, comfort, tenderness, confidence, or other positive emotions.
- Learn ways to cope with negative thoughts: Negative thoughts can be insistent and loud. Learn to interrupt them. Don’t try to block them (that never works), but don’t let them take over. Try distracting yourself or comforting yourself, if you can’t solve the problem right away.
- Do one thing at a time: For example, when you are out for a walk or spending time with friends, turn off your cell phone and stop making that mental “to do” list. Take in all the sights, sounds and smells you encounter
- Share humour: Life often gets too serious, so when you hear or see something that makes you smile or laugh, share it with someone you know.
- Volunteer: Volunteering is called the “win-win” activity because helping others makes us feel good about ourselves. At the same time, it widens our social network, provides us with new learning experiences and can bring balance to our lives.
Seek the help of an expert
- If you have a mental health concern, speak with your doctor and ask for a referral to a specialist if needed
- If you need support in your work life, speak to a career counsellor or human resources expert
- To repair relationships with loved ones and friends, enlist help from someone with a specific expertise in relationship issues
- For financial challenges, contact a financial planner or debt advisor
- If you are looking for help navigating the mental health system, a qualified system navigator or case manager may be useful
- Check with your employer, or your benefit provider: your Employee Assistance Plans (EAP) to benefits may provide counselling services
- Additionally, other people with lived experience of mental health problems may be able to provide invaluable support and advice. Just remember that everyone’s path to recovery is unique, and what was right for one person may or may not be right for you
- SOS Crisis Line – 780-743-4357
- AHS / Addictions & Mental Health – 780-743-7187
- Borealis Counselling Services – 780-791-1757
- Pathways Consulting Counselling Services – 780-788-5067
- Tapestry Counselling – 780-790-0809
- Journeys of Life Counselling – 780-607-1795
- Legacy Counselling – 780-791-3366
- Websites of reputable mental health organizations such as www.woodbuffalo.cmha.ca or www.someothersolutions.ca, www.mentalhealthcommission.ca, or www.camimh.ca
- Courses and workshops offered through community organizations, such as ASIST, Mental Health First Aid and Living Life to the Full (211.ca)