Get Loud About Fighting Stigma


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Omni and Fatima

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Have you ever heard anyone say these types of things before? Maybe you have even said some of them yourself? This week is Canadian Mental Health Week so let’s take some time to figure out what mental illnesses truly are. We are going to get informed so we can get loud and fight stigmas!

What is mental health?

Mental health is more than having or not having a mental illness. We can’t be truly healthy without it. It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us. Mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with normal stresses of life and being involved in our community, such as our school, an art group or a sports team.

Good mental health is not about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a ‘perfect’ life. It’s about living well and feeling capable despite challenges. Each of our individual paths to mental health will be unique, as we all have our own goals, our own struggles, our own talents and our own supports.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness is a change in thinking, mood or behaviour that negatively impacts a person’s life over a period of time. If you have become sad, withdrawn or have noticed other changes in your feelings or actions for a period longer than two weeks it may be time to ask for help. Just like a physical illness, a mental illness is a health problem. Anyone, of any age, race or background, can experience a mental illness.

A mental illness affects the way we think about ourselves, relate to others and interact with the world around us. It can affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and it can make life more challenging. But with the right supports, a person with mental illness can get on a path back to mental wellness.

Experiencing a mental illness can be very overwhelming. You may wonder if you will ever feel like yourself again. It’s important to know that having a mental illness is not your fault and it’s not a sign of weakness. If you think you might have a mental illness, it’s important to seek help early. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you will start to feel better.

Being informed about mental illness is so important. With knowledge, you can help fight stigma, bias and discrimination of those who are hurting. Share what you’ve learned about mental illness today!

Check out these great sites to get informed today!

YouthSmart
Canadian Mental Health Association
Alberta Health Services

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