Mental Health Awareness Week on the Coast (May 6 - 12, 2018)

Mental Health Awareness Week is May 6 - 12, 2018 on the Sunshine Coast. From Youth in Transition to Arrowhead Clubhouse, several SCCSS programs will be participating in this important week to raise the awareness of mental health.

Every May for the last 66 years, Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces and the House of Commons have rallied around Mental Health Week.

This year, #GetLoud about what mental health really means.

Mental Health is more than mental illness. It is more than being happy all the time. It is being comfortable with who you are and finding balance in your world. It's about managing the highs and lows. It's about coping with the struggle and celebrating the triumphs. It's about knowing there are resources for help and that you are not alone.

In more than 300 communities across British Columbia organizations and individuals will be hosting awareness events. These events are vitally important to breaking down the stigma that surrounds mental illness and promoting mental wellbeing. The great news is attitudes are changing and research suggests "70% believe attitudes about mental health issues have changed for the better since 5 years ago" (source: mentalhealthweek.ca).

Sunshine Coast Community Services Society programs will be participating in programs and hosting a few of their own to help boost mental health awareness on the Sunshine Coast. Here are a few of the events planned:

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Balancing Our Minds Youth Mental Health Summit

Monday, May 7, 2018
Sunshine Coast School District 46 and SCCSS Youth Services will be hosting a summit to raise awareness about mental health with youth on the coast. The event (already full) will feature a keynote speaker discussing mental health, a scavenger hunt to learn about resources in our community and a lesson on self care (such as yoga, nature walk or art therapy).

CLICK HERE to learn more about SCCSS Youth Services.

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Arrowhead Clubhouse Open House and BBQ
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
12pm - 2pm
5554 Inlet Avenue, Sechelt
$3 BBQ for non-members

The Arrowhead Clubhouse offers support to members of our community dealing with chronic mental health issues on their journey to recovery. The program will be hosting an open to the public Open House and BBQ. Members will offer guided tours of the clubhouse at 12:30pm, 1pm and 1:30pm. The BBQ is $3 for non-members. Coffee and tea will be available.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Arrowhead Clubhouse or HERE to follow the organization on FACEBOOK.

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"Arrowhead Clubhouse: The Who, The What and The Where" Discussion Panel
Thursday, May 10, 2018
11am - 12:30pm
Sechelt Public Library - 5797 Cowrie Street, Sechelt, BC
FREE

Members and staff of the Arrowhead Clubhouse will participate in a discussion panel to share their stories and experiences at Arrowhead, outline who it serves and where the program is located in Sechelt.

To learn more about the library's schedule of events for the week, CLICK HERE. To learn more about Arrowhead Clubhouse, CLICK HERE.