Mental Health Week

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

May 3 to 9 is Mental Health Week. The 2021 theme, #GetReal, which includes the slogan “Name it. Don’t numb it, ” refers to handling emotions both negative and positive.

There are no big events in Slave Lake area, but there are some school events and online community workshops.
On May 5, various Slave Lake and area schools are taking part in Hats On! For Mental Health Day. Students are encouraged to wear hats to school to promote mental health.

Preschool and Kindergarten students at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic School are painting ‘smile rocks’ and continuing to learn to identify emotions, empathy, and self-regulation skills, says their teacher Lesley Haney.

Lakeside Outreach School students will make a video on mental health to share with the Kindergarten to Grade 3, says Kyla Soloshy, C.J. Schurter Wellness Coach. The younger students will do classroom activities.

Community events
May 4 – Trauma-Informed Leadership is a free all-day online interactive workshop. For details, see northernlakescollege.ca.

May 4 – Slave Lake and Area Mental Health Network (SLAM) monthly meeting from 7 to 7:45 p.m. on Zoom. For the link, email [email protected]

May 8 – Natural Strength Doula has an online baby-wearing course, from 10 a.m. to noon. It costs $25 for two people. Register at www.naturalstrengthdoula.com.

Doula Pam Hahn says, “This ties into mental health with the oxytocin boost it gives mom and child, the bonding that happens, and the ability to do some outdoor activities more easily while caring for a little one or even up to a toddler.”

What is Mental Health Week?

“The objective of Mental Health Week is to shift societal beliefs and perceptions about mental health,” says mentalhealthweek.ca. “It helps promote behaviours and attitudes that foster well-being; support good mental health and create a culture of understanding and acceptance.”

The theme for 2021 is #GetReal, which includes the slogan “Name it. Don’t numb it.” This is in reference to emotions both negative and positive.

Mental Health Week 2021 key general messages are:

  • Good mental health isn’t about being happy all the time. In fact, a mentally healthy life includes the full range of human emotions – even the uncomfortable ones like sadness, fear, and anger.
  • The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is understanding our emotions. Recognizing, labeling, and accepting our feelings are all part of protecting and promoting good mental health for everyone.

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