October 10 is World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, advocacy, and awareness. The theme for World Mental Health Day in 2023 is: “Mental health is a universal human right,” highlighting that every individual has the right to mental health, wellness, and access to mental health support. Today highlights the need for accessible and quality mental health care services, as well as the importance of compassion for ourselves and others. Poor mental health is being reported at an increasing rate in Canada, and it is more important than ever to empower ourselves and others by furthering our understanding of mental health and opening up conversations on mental health to reduce stigma. Mental health is the foundation of our well-being, and it is necessary to approach the subject from a place of compassion and understanding.
The CTRC has gathered some resources to support you in your learning journey.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has resources designed for teachers to use to broach the topic of mental health and wellness in the classroom.
Kids Help Phone offers a 24/7 helpline, as well as resources on a variety of subjects related to mental health and well-being.
Jack.org is a Canadian organization focused on youth mental health and suicide prevention focusing on empowering youth/
The Canadian Pediatric Society has 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.
Mental Health Literacy 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 Pink Umbrella by Amélie Callot
A Blue Kind of Day by Rachel Tomlinson
When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
This website is for educational purposes. If the situation is urgent, please call 911, or your local emergency services providers.