WELL, it's almost the end of 2014 and it has been probably the craziest year of my life! New province, new town, new friends, new doctors, new medications, new diagnosis, new home, new job.....new, well, everything basically!
To end the year I would like to take this blog post to re-talk (I think I just made up a word) about my volunteer work with Partners for Mental Health.
Through partnerships, public engagement and strategic initiatives, Partners for Mental Health seeks to transform the way Canadians think about, act towards and support mental health and people living with a mental illness.
A national charity accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program, Partners for Mental Health aims to improve mental health in Canada by mobilizing and engaging Canadians to drive fundamental changes that result in:
increased awareness and attention toward one’s own mental health
greater understanding, acceptance and support for people living with a mental health problem or illness
increased access to mental health services, treatment and support
better workplace policies
more funding for programs and services
I've been a volunteer with Partners for Mental Health for about 3 years now. My role as a Community Correspondent promotes Partners for Mental Health, its campaigns and initiatives using social media and online efforts, and identifies and reports on mental health issues, concerns and stories in their area.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities within PFMH, so if your New Years resolution is to do some volunteer work, I'd encourage you to check out PFMH.
If volunteering isn't in your short future, I'd encourage you to take the pledge to help support improving mental health in Canada by doing the following:
- Pay more attention to my mental health and well-being
- Support a loved one/friend/co-worker who is living with a mental health issue or illness
- Challenge the negative stereotypes and attitudes that exist around mental illness
- Contact my elected officials to help influence policy that will improve the mental health system
- Donate/fundraise for the mental health cause
You can take the pledge and find out more about PFMH here: http://www.partnersformh.ca/
We are currently just over 33,000 pledges! How amazing is that!!