New post: Survey data shows we are feeling anxious and crave real connection, but say we’re doing “fine”. For Mental Health Week, Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford promotes social connection to protect mental health in these difficult times
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Oxford will be connecting with the community for CMHA Mental Health Week, May 4-10. Mental Health Week helps to shift societal beliefs and perceptions about mental health. It helps promote behaviours and attitudes that foster well-being, support good mental health and create a culture of understanding and acceptance. Mental Health Week is widely recognized on social media and in the news media and with local events like open houses and speakers’ series. To respect physical distancing measures, these events will be celebrated virtually this year.
The theme this year for the 69th annual Mental Health Week is social connection. Feeling socially connected means you feel close and connected to others, and you don’t have to be in physical proximity to nurture a sense of closeness and connection.
This Mental Health Week let’s have real conversations with our friends, neighbours and coworkers about we’re all really doing. We’re in this together.
CMHA Oxford is offering a live webinar on Facebook on Thursday, May 7, at 12:00 PM to discuss Grief in Isolation with Christine Hillis, an Urgent Needs Case Manager with CMHA Oxford. This free webinar will provide insight into recognizing grief, normalizing grief, and personal supports. Hillis will also be available for questions. Submit your question ahead of time here.
Oxford Self Help will be sharing resources and webinars on their Facebook Group about anxiety, eating disorders, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) skills, stress, and how to have conversations around mental health at home. There will also be a Facebook Live Q&A on Wednesday around the phrase “I’m fine, thanks”, and as well as meditation, yoga, and fun things to do at home.
GivingTuesday Canada is also hosting a “GivingTuesdayNow” on Tuesday, May 5, to support all frontline workers, including non-profits like CMHA Oxford continuing to provide community mental health support. Community donations are integral to the continuance of programs at CMHA Oxford, including Peer Support and Oxford County Walk-In Counselling with CMHA Oxford. Please join us on GivingTuesdayNow or consider making a donation today here.
To learn more about CMHA Mental Health Week, visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca and connect on social media using the hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek