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World Mental Health Day

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World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and bringing an end to stigma.

Life is full of ups and downs, and everyone will face difficult and stressful situations.  By developing strong relationships with people that can support us, and learning more healthy coping skills we can build good mental health one step at a time.  This in turn helps us through life’s difficult times. For more info, check out our section on Coping.

This year’s theme is Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention. Talking about mental health and thoughts of suicide can be hard, but important. If you are thinking about suicide, or if you are worried about someone else who might be suicidal, you should tell someone. It can be really hard to talk about, but talking about it to someone you trust can be the starting point to getting help. Anyone who is thinking about suicide or worried about a friend who may be thinking about suicide can call the Manitoba Suicide Line 1-877-435-7170. The number is free and there are trained counsellors who can help. You can also visit their website, www.reasontolive.ca.

If you need to talk to someone about anything going on in your life, reach out to the Kids Help Phone They offer online chat, txt messaging and phone support.

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