Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Oxford is asking residents of Oxford County to “Get Loud” on social media and in our community, workplaces and schools about what mental health really is, to clear up the difference between “mental health” and “mental illness” and suggest what good mental health looks like, during Canadian Mental Health Association’s annual Mental Health Week, May 6-12, 2019.
“So, what is mental health? Simply put, it is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well. We can all feel good about ourselves, whatever life’s ups and downs,” says Lynn Wardell, Interim Executive Director, CMHA Oxford.
One in five Canadians experiences a mental health illness or problem every year, but all five in five of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. When you look at all the official definitions out there across Canada and around the world, you find that there are six common features of good mental health: a sense of self, a sense of purpose, of belonging, contribution, enjoyment and resilience.
For this year’s Mental Health Week campaign, hosted at www.mentalhealthweek.ca, we created illustrations that reflect the real faces of Canada and describe the six features of good mental health in everyday language:
I don’t worry too much about what people think of me.
I feel like I’m reaching my potential.
I feel like I belong.
I make the world a better place.
I enjoy my life.
Knock me down and I’ll get back up again.
“Can you see yourself in these words? These six lines suggest in simple terms what we all want to have—for ourselves, our families and each other—to feel good,” says Wardell.
In the spirit of Mental Health Week and feeling connected to our community, CMHA Oxford is launching their annual Ride Don’t Hide event with a BBQ on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at GoodLife Fitness in Woodstock, 645 Dundas Street. Ride Don’t Hide is a one-day cycling event that brings together the community and helps people see and feel that they are not alone. In order to thrive, we all need a good sense of self, and we all need to have purpose, make a contribution, feel hope, have resilience and a sense of belonging. Ride Don’t Hide is a welcoming, community event that builds awareness, inclusion and acceptance, and where everyone is encouraged and supported to speak openly about their own mental health
For more information about CMHA Mental Health Week, or for information or tools about your own mental health and how to celebrate, protect and promote it, please visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca.
Mental Health Week was introduced by CMHA in 1951 and has since become a Canadian tradition.