May, Mental Health Awareness Month

 

Sisters and Brothers,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month—an opportunity for us all to reflect on the effects COVID-19 has had on our mental health and well-being. Toronto Local is making this issue a priority and supporting the field on a number of fronts.

 

The provision of care has become significantly more challenging over the last two years. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted those living with a mental illness or an addictions issues.

One in five Canadians lives with mental health challenges. There are unfair, untrue and hurtful characterizations of people who are suffering from mental anguish.  These are outcomes of modern society, traumas, stress, uncertainty, shaming and many other factors.

It seems like we’ve come not nearly far enough in reducing the stigma associated with mental health. In our modern society, people tend to discuss physical health problems openly, while hiding mental health issues.

 It is important to know there is support and there is no shame in reaching out for it. CUPW has a network of social stewards who, in full confidentiality, assist with referring you to options for support.

If you are suffering, please reach out to:

-The social steward of the Toronto Local

-The Canadian Mental Health Association: https://cmha.ca

 

In Solidarity,

 

Qaiser Maroof

President

CUPW Toronto Local

26th April,2022.

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