“We’re going to be providing general education to people that attend,” Case Manger for Metal Health and Addiction Services, Stefanie Conn said. “So, some of the trivia questions we have are more focused on mental illnesses, where some of the activities we have are more focused on things everyone can do.”
An example of these everyday exercises Conn’s team will provide is engaging in breathing exercises using bubbles in effort to teach attendees how to property induce deep breathing.
This part of the week is taking place throughout Monday at the Totem Mall.
Conn adds, “On Monday, there’s a video being put on by the B.C. Schizophrenia Society at 7:00 p.m. in the Lido and it’s free.”
The video Conn eludes to tackles all aspect of mental illness, which will conclude with a live Skype session with its producer.
The awareness initiative will also make its way to Northern Lights College, the Salvation Army and the hospital in an effort to really spread their message.
“Any community member can be involved by just raising awareness,” Conn said while explaining the importance of a support group. “Employers [can] promote acceptance to be able to say ‘yea if you’re having a bad day, give me a call me and let me know, and you can take a metal health day’, rather than just a sick day.”
‘Take a Mental Health Break’ officially kicks-off Wednesday, October 8 2014.
Mental Illness Awareness Week runs October 5 – 11, and is a national campaign working towards breaking the stigma associated with mental illness.
Conn concludes by encouraging anyone who may need support while going though any form of mental illness to contact the Mental Health and Addiction Community program, no matter how small or large it may be.
Their number is 250 263 6080.