Mental Health: A person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being
Mental health issues are an ongoing battle many people face. Mental health is not physical, and can not necessarily be seen from an outside perspective. Just because it is not visible does not mean it is not there. Mental health encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being and affects how we think, act, and feel. These struggles are often judged, looked down upon, and therefore not spoken about often. No one should feel bad for talking about their mental health and advocating for help. Everyone should get the help they deserve. They are serious issues and should be addressed more.
Mental health issues have very high reports across Canada and the world. 1 in 5 Canadians and Americans experience mental health issues. 1 in 20 Americans are living with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression. 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
We have begun to see movements advocating for mental health help in the media and celebrities speaking out about their own experiences with. This is a step in the right direction for the change we need to see in the world. Mental health should be talked about and shown in the media as it lets those who are struggling know they are not alone and can get help.
We as an organization want to do our part as well. Food Not Bought is passionate about helping our community and the world on large issues such as mental health. This January/ February, we will be having our Brighter Days Drive as a way to give back and help those around us. Check out our Instagram and ‘Our Drives’ page of the website for more details on how you can help.
Do what you can to help yourself and others. Mental health issues are real, and you are not alone.
Mental Health Resources in Canada:
Talk Suicide Canada: 1-833-456-4566
Wellness Together Canada: 1-888-668-6810 (youth), 1-866-585-0445 (adults)
Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566
Canadian Crisis Hotline: 1-888-353-2273
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