The first week of May is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 72nd Mental Health Week! A week to remember how important it is to check in with ourselves and each other. The theme for this year is #MyStory, a theme to promote the idea that sharing our own stories of mental health and our mental health struggles helps to destigmatize the conversation and supports others in doing the same. The CTRC has gathered some resources to support your learning journey, and also to assist you in supporting those around you. We also encourage you to think of mental health as inextricably woven with all aspects of health, both individual and collective.
The CMHA has a wide variety of resources about and for mental health. In particular, we would like to direct you to Share Your Story Safely, a resource highlighting the importance of sharing your story in a way that feels safe for you. The CMHA also provides a list of mental health support programs across Canada, categorized by province. Lastly, they offer a 2023 Toolkit that is easily downloadable.
The Canadian Pediatric’s Society has put together a resource on how to talk with your child about their mental health and how to support them.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada has a plethora of mental health resources for all ages and covers a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences.
Mentalhealthliteracy.org is an organisation that supplies accessible and digestible educational resources on mental health, and on reducing the barriers around mental health struggles by supporting healthy understanding and communication.
The Worry (Less) Book: Feel Strong, Find Calm, and Tame Your Anxiety! by Rachel Brian
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee
What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub
This website is for educational purposes. If the situation is urgent, please call 911, or your local emergency services providers.