Mental Health Week a chance to 'get loud' about wellness

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"Our people will be in the Tower Square food court in comfortable camp chairs, and anyone who's interested can sit down and start a conversation about mental health, emotional wellness, or whatever's on their mind". A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds North Dakota had the country's largest increase in suicide rates - 57% - between 1999 and 2016.

Now, his mother is taking action in order to help other families and teens suffering from depression and mental illness.

Parents, volunteers, community partners, politicians - and a big contingent of children - gathered at St. Clair Child and Youth's Point Edward headquarters on May 9 to celebrate a pair of annual mental health-related awareness weeks: the Canadian Mental Health Association's Mental Health Week (May 6 to 12) and the Children's Mental Health Ontario's Children's Mental Health Week (May 5 to 11). Stigma creates guilt, shame and self-doubt, which leads to isolation and fears that one may be a flawed individual.

If you or someone you know needs mental health assistance, you can visit http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call the lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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How do we end the stigma? When talking about mental health its important to know everyone has mental health. Imagine if we said, "He is so cancer", like the way we say, "He is so bipolar". "Julia's advocacy should inspire us all to work together to end the stigma around childhood mental health". The training helps attendees to identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Group sessions with staff and patients on the theme; Friday, May 17 - Interactive session with female inmates of Her Majesty's Prision; Sunday, May 18 - Church service highlighting the spiritual perspective of Body Image in relation to Mental Health.

The medical community can help by including mental health screening when preforming routine physicals and checkups.

This week marks Mental Health Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association is inviting everybody to get loud for mental health.

I encourage everyone who reads this article to have at least one discussion about mental health with someone they care about during this month of mental health awareness.

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