Selfadvocatenet.com in Support of Mental Health Week May 2nd to May 8th,2022
This week highlights mental health week what is it and the theme of the week.
This year’s theme is #GetReal About How to Help and includes a focus on the importance of empathy and how each of us can help others by being open and empathetic to their struggles.
Expanding access to mental-health supports for health-care, social service workers
Vancouver Friday, May 6, 2022 11:00 AM
The Government of B.C. has invested $735,000 to expand Care to Speak and Care for Caregivers – two unique programs that offer online peer support and targeted educational mental-health resources for health-care and community social services workers. Since 2020, the two services have reached more than 76,000 workers.
“We have never asked more of our health-care workers as B.C. continues to fight two public health emergencies,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Our government is expanding phone, text and virtual chat mental-health supports for those working in health care and social services so that the people that British Columbians rely on can keep helping others.”
Through this investment, the Care to Speak service will be able to increase availability and ways for health-care workers in long-term and continuing care to connect to peers who have experience in the sector and who have been trained in active listening and can provide mental-health supports. Workers can also visit the Care for Caregivers website to access timely and tailored educational resources, including workshops for those working in health care.
“Many health-care and community social service workers have experienced distress, anxiety, grief, depression and trauma when responding to the COVID-19 and poisoned drug emergencies,” said Jonny Morris, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division. “Care to Speak provides free, confidential emotional support by people who get it, and offers a bridge into other services like the provincial Mobile Response Team. If you are a care provider, reach out for support. If you know someone who is, share this resource and show you care.”
Care to Speak is available Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., with additional hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Enhancing mental-health supports is an integral part of A Pathway to Hope, B.C.’s roadmap for building the comprehensive system of mental-health and addictions care that British Columbians deserve.
Saleema Dhalla, CEO, SafeCare BC Health and Safety Association –
“Health-care workers across B.C. have been taking care of us during the pandemic. They work in a challenging and stressful environment. We owe it to them to not only ensure their physical safety, but also their psychological wellness. We know that Care for Caregivers and Care to Speak meet an important need for health-care workers, and we’re pleased to see this critically important service continue.”
Dr. Yuet Ting Ma, PharmD, RPh, Care to Speak peer –
“As a health-care provider working in mental health and addictions, I believe Care to Speak is a great resource available to health-care and social support workers to seek support from their peers. This pandemic has taken a massive toll on everyone’s mental health, especially for health-care providers. I am truly honoured to participate in this program as a volunteer and provide support to others in their mental-health journey.”
Monika Salgado, Care to Speak peer –
“While there are other crisis lines available, the Care to Speak program was created to provide support for individuals that are in the health-care and social services sector. With both my mom and sister working as nurses, and myself in social services, I never thought about how helpers need help too until I discovered Care to Speak. Being a peer support volunteer has impacted my life in so many positive ways. I’ve gained a new level of confidence, and it has taught me how to be more compassionate toward others. I appreciate the new skills that I’ve gained since I started volunteering and the best part is being able to make a difference in our communities.”
Learn about A Pathway to Hope, the provincial government’s vision for mental-health and addictions care in B.C.: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021MMHA0049-001787
Care for Caregivers and Care to Speak: https://www.careforcaregivers.ca/
The peer support toll-free hotline number: 1 866 802-7337 (PEER)
Government of Canada invests $12.2M in Mental Health Promotion
May 6, 2022 | Winnipeg, MB | Public Health Agency of Canada
Many Canadians struggle with mental health issues, but certain people in Canada face disproportionate challenges when it comes to mental health because of racism, discrimination, socio-economic status or social exclusion. The Government of Canada remains committed to promoting positive mental health for everyone, recognizing how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the mental health and substance use of many people in Canada.
Today, during Mental Health Week, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, announced an investment of $12.2 million for 10 projects across Canada to promote mental health and wellbeing in our communities.
The funding is being provided through the Government of Canada’s Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF). The MHP-IF supports community-based programs in mental health promotion to increase health equity and address the underlying determinants of health. It also supports the development and implementation of culturally focused mental health programs for the mental health of refugees and new Canadians, First Nations, Inuit and Métis, 2SLGBTQI+ and youth and families.
Promoting mental health results in individual and population health benefits, including improved physical health, faster recovery from illness, healthier behaviours, higher levels of education and employment combined with a reduction of health inequities.
“The past two years have been especially challenging for all of us. The Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund supports community-led solutions to promote mental health and address the root causes of poor mental health and mental illness, especially for Indigenous youth. Our government will continue to support projects with a holistic approach to healing by supporting individuals, families and communities.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and Associate Minister of Health
“In these very difficult times (war, COVID, etc.), we are honoured to support refugee and newcomer children, youth and their parents. The funding from PHAC provides the necessary tools and supports around their mental health to enhance their opportunity to integrate into Canadian society.”
Margaret von Lau
Chief Executive Officer, Newcomers Employment and Education Development Services (N.E.E.D.S.) Inc.
- One in three Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime.
- Community-based projects focused on mental health promotion have the potential to improve health outcomes over the life course.
- Promoting mental health has several individual and population health benefits, including improved physical health, faster recovery from illness, healthier behaviors, higher educational achievement and increased employability combined with a reduction of health inequities.
- Funding announced today has been distributed through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF). More information on the projects can be found here.
- Through the MHP-IF, the Government of Canada is investing $46.3 million from 2019-2029 to promote mental health among children, youth, and their caregivers.
- The Government of Canada is committed to supporting people in Canada with their mental health through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. If you or a loved one is struggling, you can access the Wellness Together Canada portal, or call 1-866-585-0445 or text WELLNESS to 741741 (adults) or 686868 (youth). The Wellness Together Canada portal provides free access to educational content, self-guided therapy, moderated peer-to-peer support, and one-to-one counselling with qualified health professionals.
- Government of Canada confirmed support for 32 community-based projects aimed at improving mental health
- Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund
- Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund – Knowledge Development and Exchange Hub
- Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund Projects
- The Wellness Together Canada portal
- Mental Health and Wellness (Government of Canada website)
Office of the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, Carolyn Bennett
Public Health Agency of Canada
COVID-19 public enquiries:
“Today, we mark the beginning of Mental Health Week. This week is a time for Canadians to come together to speak openly about mental health, listen with empathy to the stories of others, and support those who are struggling.
“Mental health challenges affect many of us, yet these issues are often treated differently than physical health. No one should ever suffer in silence, and by being open with others, we can help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and ensure people seek the care they need.
“The past two years have been difficult for everyone. The Government of Canada is working hard to ensure every Canadian can receive the mental health supports they need, no matter where they live – through the pandemic and beyond.
“In order to improve mental health services for Canadians, we are developing national mental health and substance use standards in collaboration with stakeholders and partners. We have announced our commitment to a permanent, ongoing Canada Mental Health Transfer to help expand the delivery of high-quality, accessible, and free mental health services and intend to engage with provinces and territories in the short-term to meet this commitment.
“As we reflect on the importance of taking care of our mental health, let’s continue to support our loved ones and reach out for help when we need it. If you are struggling, or know someone who is, the Wellness Together Canada portal provides 24-hour, free, and confidential mental health and substance use tools and resources in English and French. You can also access new resources, including a self-assessment tool and tracker that monitors mood and mental well-being through the PocketWell app. PocketWell connects seamlessly to the Wellness Together Canada portal, allowing access to free and confidential sessions with social workers, psychologists and other professionals.
“This week, I invite everyone to join the conversation and use the hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek on social media platforms. Together, we will end the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and build a better future for everyone.”
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566. Additional resources can also be accessed through the Wellness Together Canada portal.