We CAN talk about mental health

Irene MckinneyFeb 02, 2018

But real change will continue slowly and confusion about what people are virtuously signalling about will remain.

Goodyear says while awareness of mental health "has never been better", this comes with the expectation of a broader range of services with easy access for individuals.

Chenhall said there is help for people who feel they are struggling with their mental health.

The mental health crisis line is available 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.

Varsity Blues baseball player Graham Tebbit says it's important for him and his teammates to lend their voice to these kinds of campaigns, as student athletes and members of the community.

Labour's manifesto at the election past year offered a blueprint for improving our mental health.

Mental illness isn't cute or fashionable.

"With peer support work, I support other people who deal with mental health challenges", Sarah said.

I remember very early wanting to be able to tell everyone I met about my experience, but on every occasion, from secondary school, to church, to university, to dating, among friends and relatives, wherever, I have always been made to feel like I am trespassing on some unidentified space by being open about my struggles. For more information, visit www.cooperators.ca.

Every team has received mental health training specific to suicide prevention.

"I want to show that it doesn't matter who you are, or where you are, we can all listen and show there isn't a wrong place to speak about your mental health". Canada is no exception.

"When you have mental health issues that are billowing under the surface ... those things can add up and you need to be getting out and doing things and seeing things", Sarah said.

The result: a hugely profitable wellness industry that promises optimization of the human spirit, at a price.

It's also possible for negative stereotypes and stigma to be reduced through disclosure.

It becomes hard for a struggling individual to seek out help when the disorder they are struggling with becomes delegitimized through social talk, likening mental disorders to normative emotions and behaviours.

"That was really a big blow for me because I thought I was fine - been there, done that, bought the T-shirt and I was out of it".

Language: the words used to describe mental illness can make a difference.

None of these solutions actually address the problem, which is poor mental health literacy.

So, what's to be done?

A common effect of a mental illness, though not often spoken about, is called "self-stigma" and the "why-try effect", Stuart said.

Second, we need to encourage young people to learn to walk securely on their own two feet, not by protecting them from the everyday stresses of life, but by encouraging them to embrace them and providing them with tools to better succeed with their embrace.

It's a source of great pride to me that the Labour Party has led the way in this area, in no small part down to the excellent work of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health, the campaigning of MPs like Luciana Berger and, in Jon Ashworth, a shadow health secretary who is fully committed to this agenda.

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