1. Wear GREEN to GET LOUD
Green ribbons were used in the 1800s to label people “insane.” Let’s turn that on its head by wearing green during Mental Health Week. Show your support: wear green loud and proud!
2. GET LOUD BY SPEAKING UP!
We often suffer quietly, even silently. One of the ways to Get Loud is to speak up. Talk openly to someone you feel safe with: a loved one or a friend. If they’re informed and supportive, they won’t judge or shame you about your mental health concerns. They may even have their own concerns, and you’d be opening a dialogue. Either way, talking about it can end the silence and the shame imposed by others. And the shame that we sometimes impose on ourselves. Get Loud about your own mental health.
3. GET LOUD AND BE THAT FRIEND
You can be that friend who opens up the conversation. You can start by simply asking “How are you, really?” Offer to listen without judgment. And offer to do what you can to help.
4. GET LOUD TO GET HELP
So, you GOT LOUD and broke the silence. You’ve talked. They’ve listened. But maybe you don’t know what to do next. Now’s the time to Get Loud with your family doctor. Tell them you need support. Tell them you need services. Mental health services are often available in the community. Contact your local CMHA for programs and services in your area. And if you’re in crisis, please don’t wait. Go to your hospital emergency department or call 9-1-1.
5. GET LOUD FOR MORE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS AND SERVICES
Don’t stop at seeking help. Demand it. Get Loud with your elected representatives. Tell them we need increased mental health funding for more – and better – mental health programs and services. Governments at every level need to hear that mental health is a top health priority for all Canadians. Tell them we need a Mental Health Transition and Innovation Fund for Canada..
We’ve created a letter for you. Simply download our letter and send or email it to either your local federal MP or your Provincial Ministry of Health.
6. GET LOUD FOR A HEALTHIER WORKPLACE
You can promote mental health where you work. One place to start is to book a CMHA workshop that educates and addresses mental health in the workplace. Contact CMHA’s Workforce Mental Health Collaborative for more information on workforce psychological health and safety training, resources or support.
7. HOSTING AN EVENT
Organize and host an event to raise awareness and funds to support CMHA’s mission. It’s an important mission. Together let’s improve and maintain the mental health of all Canadians, while helping to support those of us with mental illness.
8. GET CREATIVE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Maybe you’re creative… Get Loud in song. Get Loud with art.
Write a song, create a work of art, build a sculpture or craft a poem. Don’t forget to share it on your social media. And don’t forget to share it with us!
9. GET SOCIAL FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Use social media to promote Mental Health Week. Ask your friends to share your posts and get the message out that we are Getting Loud to maintain positive mental health. And we are Getting Loud to get it back.
10. GIVE TO GET LOUD
Make a donation – of any size – to CMHA. We will use these funds to GET LOUD on your behalf, for better mental health for all Canadians. You can donate at mentalhealthweek.ca or through local CMHA branch.