Get Loud about what mental health really is!

April 30, 2018

Get Loud about what mental health really is!

Residents are encouraged to get loud about what mental health really is and inspire others by sharing ways to nourish mental health during this year’s Mental Health Week, May 7-13, 2018. Mental Health Week is a national initiative led by the Canadian Mental Health Association.

In Strathcona County, anxiety, depression and stress were the top three reasons for doctor referrals to the Primary Care Network in 2016/17. One in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem, mental illness or substance use disorder in their lifetime. Mental health is as valuable as physical health.

Asking for help may be viewed as a sign of weakness - when it should be celebrated as a sign of strength. Stigma around mental health challenges may prevent people from reaching out for support. Compassion and acceptance helps reduce stigma and positively impact how others think, feel, act, handle stress, relate to others and build resiliency. Positive relationships and connections are key to building resiliency and ensuring individuals are better equipped to cope and recover with mental health challenges.

During Mental Health Week, Strathcona County Family and Community Services is hosting Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope as part of its commitment to a supported, safe and connected community. The film discusses how early childhood experiences impact brain development and mental health, and how building resiliency and experiencing positive relationships can change the story for those affected by trauma. Register for the free screening and facilitated discussion on May 9, 2018 at either 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register online or phone 780-464-4044 for more information.

Anyone concerned for their overall mental health or that of someone else can find the crisis contact numbers . Walk-in counselling is available at Strathcona County Family and Community Services, starting at $0.
More information or call 780-464-4044.

Mental health is important for everyone’s well-being. Get loud about what mental health really is and find more information about nourishing mental health.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595