Get perspective on mental health wellness during Canadian Mental Health Awareness Week.

Never under estimate the power of nature when it comes to renewing an appreciation for life and all its wonders.

“Get out and walk even if you’re feeling depressed or down – force yourself,” Maureen Davis, executive director of the Northern BC branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, advised.

“Give it a try – put one foot in front of the other. Start looking at what’s beautiful out there – start noticing the leaves, notice the water – find the beauty in it – look for the positives. Just as human beings we tend to spend a lot of time being able to rapidly pick up on what’s going wrong. Force yourself to look at what’s going right. What’s good in your life, what are you grateful for? Even if it feels like it’s not a lot. Shine the light on what you are grateful for because it will help change the mood.”

This is Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada and it’s time to check in with each other as another wave of Covid-19 hits.

This week focuses on a public education campaign geared to help people understand the reality of mental illness.

Mental Health Awareness Week was established by the Canadian Psychiatric Association and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

“There has been a decline in mental health since the pandemic started,” Davis confirmed.

Since the beginning of the pandemic  41 per cent of all adults, 61 per cent of those who became unemployed, 54 per cent of people who already had existing mental health issues all say they have experienced a decline in their mental health.

There have been increases in suicidal ideation and eight out of 10 of us find ourselves feeling much more worried, bored, stressed, sad than usual, Davis added.

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