This week from May 1-7th is the Canadian Mental Health Association‘s Mental Health Week. I love this year’s focus to #GETLOUD. We all have varying degrees of mental health, the same way we do with physical and other types of health, which means this is an issue that affects everyone. So here are four ways you can get loud for mental health and create positive change. Plus, I’ve got a new free email course challenge for you, so make sure you read all the way to the end.
Original photo by Shannon Harke
4 Ways to Get Loud for Mental Health
1. Talk About It
I make an effort to be open about my own struggles with depression and self-harm in person, on this blog, and even in the media. To me, breaking the silence is the best way to combat the stigma that is associated with mental illness. Not only does it educate others, but it also creates an opportunity for people who may be hesitant to speak up themselves.
2. Be Informed
There are judgments and preconceived notions are associated with different mental illnesses. Recognize these for what they are – stereotypes. Challenge them when they come up from others or in the media. Educate yourself about hurtful or derogatory language and stop using it.
3. Provide Support
Ask your friends and family how they really are. Let them know you actually do care and that you are there for them to talk to openly and honestly. If you know that someone is going through a difficult time, ask them how you can support them. Just offering an empathetic listening ear can mean a lot.
4. Be Kind
You affect the people you interact with in more ways than you could ever know. Make an effort to simply be kind to others. You don’t know everything that’s going on in the lives of those around you. An off-hand comment or joke could really hurt someone, but caring words or a compliment could make someone’s day.
New Free Email Course Challenge
While we’re talking about mental wellbeing and positive interactions with others, I thought this would be a great time to introduce my brand new FREE email course challenge The 3 R’s Challenge: Go from Resenting to Releasing to Relating in 7 Days.
If you find yourself taking things personally, feeling hurt by others often, holding onto grudges, or retaining physical tension in your body, this 7-day challenge is for you. It’s time to release all that! You can increase your ability to understand, forgive, and relate to others, and thus improve the health and satisfaction of your relationships.
For more information on what the course entails or to just take the leap and sign up, click on over to this page.
In what ways do you get loud for mental health?