October 3-, 2021 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). MIAW is about building support and awareness of mental health and illness. There is no health without mental health. Mental illness directly and indirectly affects all of us. Many of us live with a mental illness, or we support a family member or friend. It’s not often talked about in an open way which may lead to stigma. Stigma is when something has negative judgements against it and can get in the way of people getting the support they need and deserve. With support, all mental illnesses can be treated, and many people recover or learn skills to feel well. It starts by talking with someone you trust. This could be a family member, teacher, school counselor or by calling a help line such as…
Klinic Crisis Line – 1-888-322-3019 or (204) 786-8686 (24 hours)
Provides counselling, support and information for people in crisis or distress.
Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 (24 hours) and online chat
Canada wide service providing information and support to youth. They also offer txt message chat by sending the word CONNECT to 686868 or they have nation wide online chat through kidshelpphone.ca
If you are worried about someone in your life, use this week as an excuse to check in on how they are doing. Maybe share resources like one of the phonelines above, or info on Klinic’s Drop-in counselling program. Remember it’s more helpful to this person if you remain calm, and non-judgmental. They may not be ready to talk, but you can let them know you are there to listen if and when they are.
Show your support for MIAW by wearing green and sharing some of the messages below on social media. Remember to use #MIAW21