Mental Health Week in Canada is taking place from May 1st to 7th, and this year’s theme is #MyStory. It encourages everyone to reflect on their own experiences with mental health and amplify voices and spaces that support mental health, especially at the community level, through non-profit agencies and programs.
The theme recognizes the importance of storytelling in supporting mental health and reducing stigma. Sharing our experiences can help us connect with others, feel heard and understood, and promote a sense of community. This week is an opportunity to share stories, raise awareness about mental health, and promote understanding and empathy.
When sharing your story, it’s okay to talk about your experiences with mental health in a way that feels safe to you. If you’re unsure where to start, check out Top 10 Tips for Sharing Your Story co-created by mindyourmind, youth (aged 18-25) and researchers from Western University. They are designed to support and empower you when sharing your experiences with others. Remember that you have control and choices about how much or little you choose to share to allow you to feel comfortable.
mindyourmind is excited to be part of the Mental Health Week 2023 conversation by providing content on supporting yourself while caring for your loved ones, seeking assistance, and sharing resources.
“Within our stories is the mental health care we all need” – CMHA