Mental Health Awareness
Break the Stigma
WHAT IS STIGMA?
Stigma limits a person's ability to:
- get and keep a job
- fit in at school without being bullied
- find a safe place to live
- attend college or university
- receive adequate health care (including treatment for substance use and mental health problems) and other support
- be accepted by their family, friends and community
- find and make friends or have other long-term relationships
- obtain insurance or loans
- volunteer within their community
- take part in social activities (https://www.mendthemind.ca/stigma/seven-important-things-we-can-do-reduce-stigma-and-discrimination/)
TERMS RELATED TO STIGMA:
1) Stereotype - unjustified attitudes about a group of people
ie. "All people with mental illness are dangerous"
2) Prejudice - agreeing with stereotypes
ie. "I think people with mental illness are dangerous"
3) Discrimination - the behaviour that results from prejudice
ie. ""I don't want people with mental illness around me, so I won't work with
Digital Story Telling
- What is/are the key messages?
- How is the person who s telling the story trying to get their message across?
- How does what you heard change your ideas about a person living with mental illness?
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1 in 5 people in Peel Region will experience mental illness (Peel CMHA). It is important to recognize the signs and know how to get help.
That was really good information. Let's slow things down and put it on paper. Navigate the sites listed and use the handout provided to research the 3 Illnesses below
Addictions - Dual Diagnosis
For information on additional Mental Illnesses, check out the site below!
Check out the videos below
Celebrities on Mental Health Awareness
Use the link below to visit the Canadian Association for Prevention of Suicide web site.
SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
The Struggles of an Athlete
US Olympic swimmer Allison Schmitt opens up about her battle with depression.
LivingWorks safeTalk Program
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone 15 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Peel Children's Centre
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15-24. At least 90% of those who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental illness. Learning about mental illness and the importance of seeking treatment can save lives (CMHA).
Peel Children’s Centre is an officially recognized children’s mental health centre, based in your community in the Region of Peel. They offer many excellent, creative services to more than 4,100 children, teenagers, and their families every year. Their services are free and private (PCC).
"Young people feel the impacts of stigma more than any other group in Canada"
"Early intervention can make a dramatic difference in quality of life"
As part of its role, the commission provides the training, tools, and support that community groups, schools and youth need to raise awareness about mental health, mental wellness, and stigma.
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