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Mental Health Awareness Week May 6-12, 2019
In collaboration with the Interlake-Eastern Mental Health Program, the Interlake-Eastern Suicide Prevention Committee invites residents to connect with committee members and staff during Mental Health Awareness Week May 6-12, 2019.
“Mental health impacts every single one of us. Challenging situations that have the capacity to negatively impact our mental health is a common human experience,” says Jill Hodgson-McConnell, mental health clinical specialist with Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority. “No longer should mental health be viewed through the illness focused and stigmatizing lens of the past, but recognized as a catalyst to uncover and further build resiliency.”
As part of working on destigmatizing mental health and promoting the empowerment of individuals, the focus of the 2019 Mental Health Awareness Week is the mental health and wellness website.  Together, people who have been involved in mental health services and qualified mental health specialists in our region have vetted the resources available on the site.  They endorse the use of the website as an invaluable and resource rich source that has something for everyone and at every age.
The site can be found at www.ierha.ca click here.

The site is full of printable self-help tools, smartphone apps, on-line resources and an abundance of links to other helpful sites that aim to support positive mental health and wellbeing.  People will also find information specific to the mental health resources that are available here in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority. 

Interactive information booths highlighting the use of self-help tools including the mental health and wellness website will be set up in the following areas:
May 7: Selkirk Regional Health Centre, Main Entrance area from 10 am- 2 pm 

May 9:  Gimli Johnson Memorial Hospital, main entrance area from 10 am- 2 pm 

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate the use of the site as well as provide information about how people can take a positive step in their own mental health and wellness.
It’s all about building capacity within, says Hodgson-McConnell.
“Through the use of self-help tools, building on healthy living skills, and becoming well informed, we all have the capacity to be empowered with strategies that support our unique mental health and wellbeing.”



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