Selfadvocatenet.com is in support of World Mental Heath Day  October 10th,2021

This page like to educate highlight why is it is important to look after yourself seek help knowing signs of mental health

This page intention not glorify it. but find facts  and information.

 

 

 

First part is theme this year

Mental health in an unequal world:Together We
Can Make a Difference’

 

 

Educational Material 2021 WFMH produces a document with educational content,

with the help of collaborators from all over the world. on

Mental Health in an Unequal World

Why do we celebrate World Health Day

World Mental Health Day 2021: World Mental Health Day, celebrated every year on October 10, is aimed at raising awareness and

spreading education about mental health issues across the globe.

Mental Health Matters: Taking Care Of Yourself presentation  that was on September 21, 2021 Inclusion BC

 

October 10 – World Mental Health Day

Inclusion Canada Statement

 

Oct 10th, is World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organization’s slogan for the day is “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.” We couldn’t agree more.

In fact, access to healthcare is a priority area in Inclusion Canada’s 2021-2024 strategic plan. Why? People with intellectual disabilities and their families are experiencing significant barriers to wellness (including mental wellness) from coast to coast to coast.

It should go without saying that people with intellectual disabilities can be supported, just like everybody else, to boost mental health and get the most out of life.

What’s getting in the way? Here’s a couple of examples of barriers that have been identified by the New Brunswick Association for Community Living:

Many therapists don’t feel that they have the right training to support people with intellectual disabilities.

Diagnostic overshadowing means that people might brush off signs of mental illness thinking “of course this person is suffering, they have a disability.”

These barriers layer onto the barriers we all experience. The healthcare system can be hard to navigate and waitlists abound. Mental health care can also be unaffordable, particularly for people living in poverty.

Laws and policies can also miss the mark and prevent equal access to mental health care. For example, this year, Canada made really problematic changes to assisted dying laws that single out people with disabilities. Some people are now hesitant to be fully transparent with their healthcare providers when they’re struggling.

Another devastating example of policies gone wrong: Beth MacLean, Sheila Livingstone, and Joseph Delaney were admitted to hospital in Nova Scotia for crisis care. Because they were hospitalized for more than a month, they lost their housing placements. Even after they got better, the three were needlessly kept in a locked psychiatric ward for years, decades, on housing waitlists. Just this week, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal found systemic discrimination, and the Premier of Nova Scotia committed to take action.

We have a lot of work to do to make sure the healthcare system is a safe and inclusive place for people with intellectual disabilities. Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality. One step at a time. Together.

This on Inclusion Canada Website go to the link here

 

Statement by the Prime Minister for World Mental Health Day

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on World Mental Health Day:

“Good health must include good mental health. That means taking care of our mental health just as we would our physical health. That’s why today, on World Mental Health Day, I encourage everyone to take good care of themselves and one another. We all have a role to play in making a difference, fighting the stigma around mental illness, and helping ensure everyone has access to the quality care they need.

“Kindness, compassion, and understanding are key for creating a culture where we can all talk openly about mental health and challenge attitudes that perpetuate stigma and judgment.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a significant source of stress for most Canadians, and our mental health has suffered. Business owners have struggled to stay afloat. Many workers have faced unemployment. Parents have had to adjust to working from home. Students have had to adapt to online learning. Front-line health care workers bravely continued providing care, faced with extremely stressful working conditions and the worry of bringing home the COVID-19 virus. We’ve all made sacrifices to keep each other and our communities safe.

“This year’s theme, ‘Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality’, reminds us that events at home and abroad can have compounding effects on our mental health. We have collectively witnessed the tragedy of the unmarked and undocumented graves and burial sites located near former residential schools. Many Canadians lost their homes because of the devastating wildfires across the country. People continue to be victims of racism, discrimination, and intolerance. Violence and atrocities around the world have also shaken us to our core.

“That’s why the Government of Canada is working to ensure that mental health is treated as a full and equal part of Canada’s universal public health care system. Last year, we launched the Wellness Together Canada portal, which has been accessed by over 1.7 million Canadians, providing free and confidential access to live support, direct crisis counselling, and helpful mental health and substance use resources. We are also working hard to address the root causes affecting one’s mental health by righting some of the inequities in our country. This includes creating safe and supportive communities by investing in charities and community organizations, supporting seniors at home, fighting homelessness, and addressing systemic racism.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I want to thank those who have contributed to an open discussion on mental health. Thank you also to all those who have provided services in support of quality mental health care. All Canadians should have the care they need, when they need it. We will all be stronger for it.”

In addition to the Wellness Together Canada portal, if you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566.

This on Justin Trudeau website go to the link here

 

Free community counselling program helps spread hope, stop stigma

Vancouver Sunday, October 10, 2021 8:30 AM

From an early age, Angela Reimer knew she wanted the kind of job where she could help people.

Diagnosed with a mental illness at 13, her treatment was only medication-based for years until she also discovered counselling and therapy, which had a life-changing effect. It is her own positive experience with mental-health support that motivated her to become a counsellor and an advocate for therapy as a powerful tool to transform the lives of people living with mental-health and substance-use challenges.

For Amen Brar, who was raised in a community of hard-working immigrants from different countries and witnessed the struggles experienced by her friends and family, becoming a counsellor was a chance to give back. Growing up in a traumatic environment, her personal experience with counselling made a world of difference in her life. Now, she feels honoured to deliver this transforming service to other people who have language barriers, often in Punjabi and Hindi.

Brar and Reimer are counsellors at Watari Counselling and Support Services Society. With funding support from the Government of B.C., Watari provides free confidential substance-use counselling to individuals, families and couples in the Strathcona and Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver and surrounding communities. The society offers low-barrier and culturally safe supports and aims to meet people where they are. With an Indigenous counsellor on staff, as well as counsellors speaking a wide range of languages (including Vietnamese, Cantonese, Punjabi, Hindi and Spanish), they are able to match anyone that comes through the door with the appropriate support.

Both Brar and Reimer are especially grateful they are able to support people for free.

“It’s incredible that Watari offers counselling options to people who can’t pay,” Brar said. “Because it shouldn’t be a service only for those who can afford to see registered clinical counsellors.”

For Reimer, the priority is to make sure that as soon as someone enters the counselling space, they can experience what safety is like. “It is a shocking and sad reality, but for some people, their experience with us might be the first time that they had felt safe, heard and respected.”

Although every person that comes through the doors of Watari is different, what they have in common is complex trauma, often starting in childhood, which leads to substance use and depression. Stigma around substance use further pushes them into a state of shame, guilt and isolation. Statistically, the majority of people who die from drug toxicity are alone. That’s why helping people feel less alone by connecting them to a community and instilling hope is an important part of counselling work.

Before going into any type of treatment with a person she supports, Brar makes sure that their basic needs are met, either by providing food hampers or supporting them in finding a safe place to live. “Once their body is safe, we address the substance use and mental health.”

The initial focus is on removing the shame around substance use. “We teach them to show themselves compassion because the world has been pretty tough and stigmatizing.”

Brar sees true transformations when people learn to forgive themselves and let go of the shame that keeps them in the cycle of abuse. “Many of the people we support come to us while they’re in treatment at addiction centres, and we see them move to more stable housing, find a job, make friends, get connected to the community and end their isolation.”

Supporting four or five people a day means hearing their painful stories. The challenge is to be able to hold space for the pain in a therapeutic context, but not to hold onto it personally. Reimer has to remind herself that one person carrying the pain is enough. “I don’t need to carry it, too. It would be a disservice to the people that I support, because it’s hard to hold the pain and the hope at the same time.”

Sometimes Brar and Reimer receive the devastating news that a person they support has died from drug toxicity. On such difficult days, they are fortunate to have a supportive team as well as clinical supervisors at Watari to help them deal with grief and loss.

There are good days, too. An unanticipated impact of this work, according to Reimer, is discovering that the people she supports are applying what they have learned in counselling sessions to support their friends, loved ones or partners.

“Seeing that in the same way that stigma, shame and guilt can spread, so can hope, was beyond anything I could have imagined,” Reimer said. “These lessons of self-kindness and self-compassion are gaining momentum and creating a ripple effect in the community, shaping new possibilities for people – one person at a time.”

Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day – a day to raise awareness of mental-health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. Quality, consistent counselling can make a huge difference in the life of someone who is experiencing mental-health and substance-use challenges. Through the B.C. government’s investments in community counselling agencies such as Watari, counselling is more accessible than ever before throughout the province, including in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

Quick Facts:

  • In 2020-21, Watari Counselling and Support Services Society provided 2,980 free counselling sessions to 365 individuals.
  • In 2019, the Province invested $10 million in grants delivered through the Community Action Initiative (CAI) to 29 community agencies, including Watari, over three years. This funding expanded low- and no-cost mental-health and substance-use counselling to September 2022.
  • Twenty additional organizations received COVID-19 funding in early 2020. This provided support for those 20 organizations to provide low- and no-cost mental-health and substance-use counselling services, including virtual services, to March 2022.
  • Since 2019, the Province has invested $14.8 million to support a total of 49 community counselling agencies provincewide.
  • More than 10,000 people have received individual, couples or family counselling through these grants.

Learn More:

Watari Counselling and Support Services Society: https://www.watari.ca/

For a complete list of all community counselling agencies funded by the Province, visit: https://caibc.ca/ccfprofiles/

To connect to mental health and substance-use supports, visit: https://wellbeing.gov.bc.ca/

For translations, visit: http://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021MMHA0053-001942#translations

This on BC Govt website go to the link here

 

 

My Mental Wellness Workbook

Created by Special Olympics BC & Kimberly Rutledge

This workbook has different activities to help us learn more about ourselves and our emotions. Additionally, we will learn about
different ways to cope, or deal with our feelings. This way we have tools in our tool belt for those times when we aren’t feeling our best mentally. Click the picture below to download this wonderful resource! If you would like to receive a printed copy of the workbook, please contact Special Olympics BC Sport Coordinator Steph Stresing by email at sstresing@specialolympics.bc.ca or by phone at 604-737-3081.

This on Special Olympics BC Website go to the link here

Canadians with Mental Health-related Disabilities  Stats Facts

 

This on govt of Canada website go to the link here

 

HeretoHelp is a project of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use Information.

 

 

Where you can find help when need it get help 

World Health Organization information for World Health Day 2021

What is mental health?

How to Ask for Help

Mental Health Wellness Tips

How to spot the signs of mental illness

 

Looking after your mental health

Where to Get Mental Health Help

 

Helping Someone with Depression

 

Post-COVID syndrome: Mental health

 

Mental Health and Social Media

 

Difficulty With Concentration

 

 

Quotes on Mental Heath Day to Remember not alone

 

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