AHHHH! I mean everything is okay…

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday was a day that an exploitive company used a good cause to write itself a giant tax break and millions in free advertising. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Mental health is something everyone struggles with. It’s something that is important to upkeep and it’s something that our society put WAY too much shame about.

Having mental health issues, short or long term, isn’t a weakness or a fault. It’s being human. It’s okay, you don’t have to do it alone.

I’ve had my troubles with depression, burnout, and anxiety. I understand the feelings of failure but you need to be kind to yourself and ask for help.

Ottawa Public Health says the following:

Mental health is an important part of our health. Positive mental health is the core for a person’s well-being. Good mental health allows a person to reach their potential and deal with normal stresses of life.

No matter our age, we all get stressed. Stress affects our mental health. Positive coping skills can help improve our mental health. Through positive coping skills a person can build resilience. Resilience allows a person to better handle the normal stresses of life and overcome challenging situations.

Do not feel ashamed of speaking to someone about mental health concerns and seeking help. It is important to seek help early.

It is important to speak to one another about mental health – this can help us increase dialogue, knowledge, and help-seeking, while reducing stigma. To learn more about how to talk about mental health, check out have THAT talk.

If you are concerned about your mental health or someone else, speak to your health care provider or check out the Mental Health and Substance Use Resource List. For information about mental health about your infant, child or youth, please visit our Parenting in Ottawa mental health page.

If you are in crisis, contact the Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-722-6914 or if outside Ottawa toll-free at 1-866-996-0991.

If you have a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-260-2360 of if outside Ottawa toll-free at 1-877-377-7775.

If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, call 9-1-1.

https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/mental-health.aspx

It’s a hard time of year and a hard year. Be kind to yourself and if you need help, reach out.

I love all of you.

Be safe and Be kind,

Éric