It’s Not Too Late to Take A Stand For Mental Health

If you missed World Mental Health Day, it’s not too late to take action to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and to improve your own mental health at the same time.  A great way to do this is to take part in Mega Health at Work’s Time For Me Mental Health Self-Care Challenge.

Did you miss it?  October 10th was World Mental Health Day.  First established by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, Mental Health Day has the objective of “raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.”

It’s a serious issue.  According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, “by age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.”

Don’t feel bad if you missed the date; it’s not too late to take action to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and to improve your own mental health at the same time.  A great way to do this is to take part in Mega Health at Work’s Time For Me Mental Health Self-Care Challenge.  Here’s a list of the first week’s suggested activities.  

If you’ve ever traveled on a commercial jetliner, you know that the flight attendants advise that, in the case of an emergency, you should put on your own oxygen mask before helping someone else.  This is because if you start to suffer the effects of oxygen deprivation, your ability to function – and therefore to help others – is greatly diminished.  The same holds true for mental health.  You may not be able to help others if you don’t help yourself first.

The Time For Me Self-Care Challenge offers a range of simple but effective ways you can improve your own mental health by reducing the stress in your life.  Every day for 14 days, beginning October 8th, we’ve been posting self-care ideas on our social media channels with the hashtag #MegaTimeForMe.  We’re inviting everyone to like, comment, share, and post their own photos of their daily self-care activities.  We’ve already seen some great engagement and we’d love for you to join us.

Of course, the need for a proactive approach to mental health doesn’t end with our Challenge.  If you’d like to build a positive environment conducive to good mental health in your personal life or in your workplace, consider taking our workshops, Mental Health First Aid  and What Supervisors and Managers Need to Know.

It’s never too late to invest in yourself.  Register now for our next Mental Health First Aid Workshop on October 29-30.  

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