May 1-7 is @CMHA-NTL mental health week. Our stories make us human and it takes courage to share them.

1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness or mental health issue, but 5 in 5 of us have mental health. Mental health, just like physical health, is a key component to our well-being that when supported ensures we are thriving.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is the state of our psychological and emotional well-being. It encompasses our emotions, feelings of connection, thoughts, behaviours, and the ability to manage life’s highs and lows.

Throughout our lives, we will all experience periods of positive and negative mental health. Our mental health is on a continuum, and it is normal to feel different on different days! Mental health is not the same as mental illness and it is important to understand both terms.By acknowledging our own mental health journey, with our moments of vulnerability and our moments of resilience, we work to end mental health stigma and accept ourselves and our neighbours.

Situated in Kitchener-Waterloo’s core, we’re honoured to share space with our local community members and hear your stories. We love working with you to reduce barriers to mental health support for our neighbours. We believe in universal mental health care, because every member of our community deserves to get the care they need.

Sadly, Canada is a ways away from a universal mental health care system. Until that happens, we’re proud to advocate with MPs, offer free consults for local leaders, and partner with nearby mental wellness projects, like “Making Home at 97 Victoria Street.”

Take a moment today to check-in with yourself and where you might be with your mental health. How does that show up for you with your emotions, thoughts, behaviours, and in your body?

Consider what you can do to support your mental health and the mental health of your community today.

-post by Midtown therapist, Isi Nezic.

As always, there are great ways to get involved!

  1. Donate, join or cheer for CMHA Waterloo-Wellington’s Run for Women on Saturday May 13th at Conestoga College. Click here for details.

  2. Check out CMHA’s storytelling offerings by clicking the image below: