It's Mental Health Week. Here are some stories, tools and tips to help clear your mind
Small opportunities to take a deep breath, check in with yourself or maybe just feel a little less alone.
Small opportunities to take a deep breath, check in with yourself or maybe just feel a little less alone
CBC Life ·
This article was originally published May 1, 2017. It was edited and updated May 5, 2020.
Mental health is a challenging thing to talk about. And aside from being a deeply personal topic, conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, anorexia — to name a very select few — have long been met with stigma, filling those suffering with the shame of not being able to easily "snap out of it" or simply "feel better". Even if your experiences don't fit into a diagnosable category, you've probably experienced a slump that at times can feel unbeatable.
While there's still a long way to go, we've seen a lot of progress in the last few years in terms of bringing conversations about mental health out of the shadows and into the forefront. Events like #BellLetsTalk day and Mental Health Week have pushed us to become more educated (and more comfortable!) when confronting and speaking about these issues.
To kick off this year's Mental Health Week, which runs from May 4-10, we've collected some of our articles and videos targeted at mood-boosting, keeping calm, combating stress and helping you find support.