On October 10, CMHA Cochrane-Timiskaming will join international mental health organizations to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
World Mental Health Day is supported by the World Health Organization as an important way to raise awareness and advocate for better care for those with mental health issues worldwide. The theme this year is Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access, to address the impact of COVID-19 on our mental health and to ensure no one is denied mental health care.
CMHA branches across the province provide a variety of mental health programs and services. CMHA Cochrane-Timiskaming has remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to offer mental health support to the members of our communities. We have recently renewed our walk-in access services between 8:00am and 4:30pm.
CMHA Ontario’s BounceBack program has developed a mental health tip sheet to support those who may be experiencing heightened mental health challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tip sheet, titled 10 things you can do right now to reduce anxiety, stress, worry related to COVID-19, offers 10 quick and easy things anyone can do to alleviate mild-to-moderate symptoms of anxiety or depression at a time when these difficulties may be exacerbated. Tips include managing news consumption, challenging unhelpful thoughts, staying socially connected, helping others, spending time outdoors and more.