Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are getting shorter. The hours of darkness are greater than the hours of light. And the coolness of autumn is felt, especially in the mornings. The Brits have had their Harvest Sunday, the Canadians are celebrating Thanksgiving, and the Christmas advertisements have begun. The news is full of war, hunger, recessions, fuel storages, the cost of living crisis, and anger.
While there is more awareness of mental health than a few decades ago, mental health appears to be at a low point. This time of year does not help.
For some, who struggle with mental health, with depression, or with suicidal thoughts. This time of year is tough. Unfortunately, there is no magical, one-size-fits-all, solution to mental health. No red or blue pill to swallow. Just like with organisational change where multiple perspectives and approaches are needed, so it is with mental health.
The folks over at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) created an app called HOPE to help. It has helped save people’s lives. Perhaps you know someone who might benefit from it? Please spread the word.
Mental health is not just an adult challenge. Francesca created the HappySelf Journal targeting kids 6+ with their mental health. Please help spread the word.
Perhaps you know of other resources – please share them in the comments. But most of all, be kind to others, connect, and we never know what another person is going through.