This will be far shorter than I’d prefer, but I’d rather say something short now than nothing at all. I’ll also be working on something more significant later in the week.
Today is Mental Health Day (Oct. 10), just after Mental Awareness Week (Oct. 1-7)!
If you are struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone. Whether you are beginning or continuing your journey, please know that help is out there in many forms.
If you know someone struggling with mental health issues, please do your best to be patient, understanding and helpful in gentle ways.
Resources are available for both sides. Education is a must, and discussion is the best first step!
The first step of my own mental health journey began with seeking resources at my university. This was fortunately a free services for students, and I was also able to receive also-free extended sessions for a short while after graduation.
More fortunate than that was the therapy itself. Being able to open myself up to someone – therapist or otherwise – was immensely vital and necessary. I specifically sought a therapist for professional help, but this is not the only avenue for a person to start their mental health exploration. Even just friends and family can be the initial key towards progress.
If you feel hesitant to share your issues with others, even loved ones, please know that you do not have to crack open your book all at once. It can be a simple as stating that you suspect you are having troubles, and baby-stepping it from there.
Above all else, do not be afraid to try. Consider any friends or family who could be most understanding, and look into any professional services available to you. It’s not all high-price “shrinks” – my current behavioural therapist was made available at no charge by referral from my family doctor.
Consider your options, and map out your mental health journey today. And remember: you are not alone!
Government of Canada website for information on Mental Health Awareness and Illness resources