I’ve been a volunteer with Partners for Mental Health for 5 years. Wow…has it really been 5 years?? I guess it has. It’s been 7 years since I’ve come out to the world about having a mental illness and started speaking about it publicly. In the last 7 years I have grown immensely. Writing a blog has given me a chance to learn more about myself and create a strength I could only wish for. I’ve gotten to speak to many amazing individuals who struggle with similar things or have friends/family members that do. I can tell you that there are a lot of people out there who are stronger than they realize. I’ve spent the last 7 years being inspired by everyone I talk to.
My time as a volunteer with Partners for Mental Health is unfortunately coming to an end. PFMH is ceasing operations, but there are many positives to this move!
PFMH’s workplace mental health program, Not Myself Today, was transitioned to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in July 2017. CMHA is Canada’s largest and longest-serving mental health charity with a particularly strong track record in the area of workplace mental health. The addition of the Not Myself Today campaign to CMHA’s suite of workplace resources will ultimately provide companies with a one-stop source for workplace mental health and wellness expertise and resources.
The Right By You campaign in support of youth mental health will be transitioned to Jack.org in November 2017. Jack.org has extensive experience mobilizing young people both digitally and face-to-face through volunteer opportunities, speaking engagements and events. Right By You will expand Jack.org’s offerings and will further engage parents and caregivers. PFMH will continue through to Fall 2017 to promote Right By You and will be partnering with organizations to spark mental health conversations with youth in events across the country.
At the end of November, with the programs properly transitioned to other mental health stakeholders, Partners for Mental Health will cease operations. While this decision was not easy to make, it was made in the best interest of these initiatives and the individuals they serve. It is the hope of the organization and the Board that the legacy of PFMH serves as an example of the incredible achievements that can be made when organizations and everyday Canadians combine efforts and partner together in support of a common cause.
As my time as a volunteer with PFMH comes to an end, my blog will not. I may have started it because of my duties as a volunteer, but I will keep it going as I feel it’s important to talk about mental health as much as possible!