Yesterday was World Mental Health Day and if you were online at all yesterday you probably saw many posts or green ribbons to highlight the day. The slogan that was chosen for this year was Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.
And it's a great message in so many ways, we are finally albeit very slowly, taking the stigma out of mental health care, and realizing that it is in fact simply part of healthcare. And that all of us have had times in our life where we were anxious, or sad or depressed from a loss of some kind or an overabundance of stress.
There is no contest to be had of who has it worse, or only the really big stuff counts. In fact all of us deserve to be living healthy lives and that includes our mental health. For some people they just need some time, or a break, or a friend to listen. Others may need more help, more resources, but all of us deserve to be thriving.
Unfortunately access to care is still very limited and very often it's the crisis lines that are the front line, and sometimes only line of support. There are a limited number of beds for crisis care, and often long waits to be seen.
Thankfully with the internet, many people can actually access ongoing care via online appointments. Between that and crisis lines we are moving closer to making sure there is access to all, but we have a long way to go.
Additionally there are now many videos, articles and podcasts online that give folks an opportunity to learn and practice the skills they need. From breathing exercises, to movement, acupressure to steps to try, or to make sure and do each day.
If you are struggling, and you need to see a different way, a different path, please reach out.
Again it's not a contest of if you are hurting enough - it's are you suffering? Everyone deserves to be heard, and to access the care they need.
Here is a list of resources: (please use them if you or a family member are struggling)
Safe and Happy Travels!
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