Press release – Welland (Ontario), May 2nd 2022
This week, from May 2 to May 5, the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara family joins the rest of Canada in celebrating the 71st edition of Mental Health Week.
Mental Health Week is a time to pause and reflect. It is also a time to discuss the progress that has been made in mental health but also the concrete ways that need to be put in place to improve access to care and reduce wait lists.
It is also a time to think about our own mental health and that of our family, friends and colleagues.
This year’s advice is to put ourselves in other people’s shoes, to try to see the world as they see it, and to listen without judgment to better understand. In short, by taking up the challenge of empathy, the theme of the 2022 edition; we will create safe spaces where real things can be said, safe places to #GetReal.
And if you don’t think you’re capable of empathy, just practice. After all, you don’t have to agree with the other person to understand them – or solve their problems to help them. You just have to listen to and support each other. And on top of helping others, practicing empathy can help you know yourself and your own feelings and help you communicate, support and connect with others.
There is a saying that there is no health without mental health and we couldn’t agree more. So let’s work together to create positive change.
France Vaillancourt, Executive Director
Phone. : (905) 734-1141 – www.cschn.ca