The Canadian Mental Health Association has marked the week of May 4 through 10 as Mental Health Week. It is time when we encourage one another to join in on the conversation around mental health, combat the stigma and create positive change.
Every year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health challenge, but only half of them receive the support they need.
Centre for Skills Development Newcomer Support Coach Doris works towards developing a plan of support for our clients to ensure their needs are met and overall mental health is in a good place.
"I believe taking care of your mental health is as important as taking care of your body. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being," says Doris. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices."
Providing timely counseling, developing partnerships with health and community support systems, and practicing crisis intervention when necessary, Doris knows that no one should struggle in silence.
"There are very meaningful small steps you can take to improve your mental health every day, such as exercising, eating balanced and healthy meals, being social and connecting with loved ones. It's also important to take a break when you need to, get a good night's sleep, and develop positive coping skills when stressful situations arise," says Doris.
To book an appointment with our Newcomer Support Coach Doris, please email Doris.firstname.lastname@example.org.