October 10th was World Mental Health Day, with the theme this year “Dignity and Mental Health”. Dignity refers to an individual’s inherent value and worth, and is strongly linked to respect, recognition, self-worth and the possibility to make choices. Being able to live a life with dignity stems from the respect of basic human rights including:
-> freedom from violence and abuse -> freedom from discrimination -> autonomy and self determination -> inclusion in community life -> participation in policy-making
Unfortunately, many individuals living with mental health problems often face stigma and discrimination. The stigma of mental illness can prevent up to 50 percent of people from getting help. This can lead to job insecurity, loss of relationships and social isolation, all affecting an individual’s personal sense of dignity.
Here are 12 tips towards Good Mental Health for yourself and those you care about from the CMHA...
1. Look after your physical health. Eat well, get adequate exercise! 2. Avoid over-use of caffeine and alcohol. 3. Work with your support network. 4. Give back: volunteer and reach out to others. 5. Educate yourself about mental health: take a suicide prevention or mental health course. 6. Quiet your mind: consider practicing meditation or trying yoga. Listen to your own spirituality.
7. Talk about your feelings to someone you trust. They want to listen. 8. Take a break, whether it's a vacation, a change in routine, or even exploring other employment opportunities. 9. Accept yourself for who you: You are you, and that is awesome! 10. Accept others for who they are. They’re them, and that’s awesome too! 11. Get Help when you need it: call Four County Crisis at 705.745.6484 24/7 or go here for more info. 12. Become a member of the Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge.