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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, act, make choices, and relate to others. Mental health is more than the absence of a mental illness—it’s essential to your overall health and quality of life. Self-care can play a role in maintaining your mental health and help support your treatment.(National Institute of Mental Health)

Every day should be mental health awareness. Many people of all ages are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being.

We need to reduce the stigma and the whispers.

Everyone needs to be heard and supported.

Tough love or ignoring someone else's feelings is not the answer.

Words matter as they are energy and can influence interactions and for any of us to feel safe to express emotions and treatment.

We have many opportunities to work and be supported by Mental Health Practitioners. However, I would like to stress the importance of self- care as it can come in different ways for each of us.

It's important to find what you need and enjoy. It may take trial and error to discover what works best for you. Also understanding what causes or triggers your mild symptoms and what coping techniques work for you can help manage your mental health.

I tell my clients that even small steps like walking in nature, sit and be still next to a body of water, meditation for 5 mins or journaling a few words every day, listen to music and dance, connecting with a friend or a neighbour, take an exercise class. All or a few of these suggestions can raise your vibrations to help cope with anxiety, sadness and depression.

I am present to listen and to hold your hand.

You are not alone.

This month I will be donating 10% of each client session to CAMH.

I will also be participating with the "Sunrise Challenge" to wake up with the sun for 5 days (May 30 to June 3) while raising vital funds for CAMH, Canada's leading mental health research hospital. By rising together and rallying our friends, family, and co-workers behind the cause, we can change the way the world sees and treats mental illness.

Book your next self-care session.

I would love to see you

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