A local planning committee will be hosting virtual celebrations for the North Bay and area edition of Mental Health Week 2021 from May 3-9.
Launched in 1951 by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the annual awareness campaign encourages people to learn and talk about issues relating to mental health. Events take place in communities across the country.
Here is a link to a PDF version of the local calendar.
This year’s theme – Get Real About How You Feel – focuses on how naming and expressing our emotions, even when they are uncomfortable, can make us feel better and help protect our mental health.
According to CMHA, scientists call the act of putting feelings into words 'affect labelling,'
"It has been likened to hitting the brakes when driving a car. When you put feelings into words, you are putting the brakes on your emotional responses."
Many people are feeling unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety because of COVID-19, according to a recent national survey by CMHA and the University of British Columbia. The research found that 40 per cent of Canadians have experienced a decline in their mental health since the pandemic started.
Due to the stay-at-home order and other public health measures, the North Bay & District Mental Health Week committee is planning a COVID-friendly event experience.
Among the highlights will be virtual workshops and self-care seminars and online pop-up musical performances.
Partners in North Bay and District Mental Health Week 2021 are:
- Community Counselling Centre of Nipissing
- Downtown North Bay & Waterfront
- District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board
- HANDS the Family Help Network
- Nipissing Mental Health Housing & Support Services
- North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
- North Bay Regional Health Centre.