Message from Mayor Kathryn McGarry on Mental Health Week

Posted on Tuesday May 05, 2020
Mental Health Week 2020
Mental Health Week 2020

This is Mental Health Week and a good time for us all to reflect on our own mental health and know that it is okay to ask for help.

As everyone continues to cope with the effects of the pandemic, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is asking us to #GetReal about how we really feel. Many of us are worried, scared or exhausted, and let’s be honest with ourselves – these are exceptional circumstances that can take a toll on anyone’s mental health.

Many of us are guilty of saying we’re fine, even when we are not. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to lean on others for support.  We need to have real conversations with one another about how we are all doing these days. 

Without the usual social activity and supports of regular life, it’s easy to feel lonely and become isolated. So while we still need to maintain physical distancing to help flatten the curve, it’s become even more important to nurture a sense of connection with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

That’s one of the reasons we at the City have created opportunities to reach out to the community, like our #RecFromHome online recreation offerings, and our WOW Social phone program which connects older adults.  We don’t have to be physically close to feel close.

Everyone needs support at the best of times. Be sure to reach out to your network, whether online or by phone. Sometimes just checking in to see how someone is doing can make a real difference.  Look for ways to make a meaningful connection with those you encounter, even if it is just to take a moment to thank the store clerk, delivery person, or store owner.

Below is a list of mental health resources if you or someone you know would like additional support. For more resources, see the COVID-19 Community Supports on the Region of Waterloo’s website.

Please take care everyone.

 

Mental Health Resources:

  • Here 24/7 – Addictions, Mental Health & Crisis Services Waterloo-Wellington:  1-844-437-3247 (HERE247) or TTY: 1-877-688-5501
  • Front Door – Access to child and youth mental health services and supports in Waterloo Region: 519-749-2932, press “1“ to speak to staff
  • ONTX / Distress and Crisis Ontario – Text: 258258
  • Good2Talk – Ontario Post-Secondary Student Support: 1-866-925-5454; Text: GOOD2TALKON to 686868
  • LGBT Youth Line – 1-800-268-9688; Text: 647-694-4275
  • Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 (Text CONNECT to 686868 to be connected to a trained Kids Help Phone Crisis Responder)
  • Youth Space – Text 778-783-0177
  • Wellness Together Canada – Mental Health and Substance Use Support