In Canada a few years ago, several provinces (but not all) declared the third Sunday in February to be a holiday. Some provinces use different names for it but here in BC we call it "Family Day". The main reason for creating it was to give a break between January 1st and Easter, which could …
On Friday, April 6th, the Humboldt Broncos hockey team set out in a bus bound for a playoff game in another small Saskatchewan (Canada) community. It was a routine trip for them and their driver, who had been bussing junior hockey league teams around for many years. However, this trip would be like no other. …
A great follow-up to Bell Let’s Talk day! The UK had “It’s Time To Talk” day as well. There are some great resources here as well.
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This week in Canada was #BellLetsTalk day, and Time to Talk day in the UK. Both days are focused on mental health awareness, and encouraging people to openly talk about mental health.
Being transparent and discussing mental health experiences and issues is extremely important. It does a number of things:
- It can be empowering to share your story.
- Hearing about others’ stories can let you know that you aren’t alone.
- Sharing information and talking about mental health normalises it. It helps erase the stigma.
- Sharing stories and information helps raise awareness and understanding.
- It’s good to encourage people to talk about their mental health. Bottling things up is no good and can make us feel worse in the long run.
I became interested in Psychology and mental health when I did my BEd (teaching degree). As part of our degree, we had to take a course in Educational Psychology. I…
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