World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all those working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Over across the pond there was a team-up of royalty. Prince Harry and music star Ed Sheeran got together to promote mental health on Instagram.
This year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has decided to make “suicide prevention” the main theme of World Mental Health Day. To aid in building up the best chance to prevent suicide, here are some steps to helping with your Mental Health:
- Participating in sports helps build not only physical health, but mental health through confidence building, a sense of self-worth, and positive relationships.
- Eating a healthy diet helps give our bodies the energy we need to take on the day, which can assist with anxiety and stress. Though not a substitute for proper care of mental health issues.
- Obtaining proper treatment and assistance is the best method for handling mental health. Support when we need it most is essential.
With that proper treatment in mind, these local resources exist to provide that support to the people in Brantford and Brant County.
Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services offers a broad range of services for children and youth facing mental health challenges and for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They work in partnership with families, with schools, and with social service agencies to support these individuals and their families. Their multidisciplinary teams include social workers, child and youth workers, specialists in autism, psychologists and psychiatrists (consulting) – all of whom work together to provide the best services possible.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Branch provides recovery-focused programs and services for people of all ages and their families. They have numerous programs to assist with varied subjects that can impact our mental health and plenty of information available on their website.
According to the Mental Health of Children and Youth in Ontario scorecard, as many as 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario will experience some form of mental health issues. Five out of six of those kids will not receive the treatment they need. If you would like to know more about helping children please visit the Be Healthy, Be You! page of the city’s website.
What ever challenges you may face, you are not alone.