So Today I would like to talk about a very special promotion and event in support of a charity organization that hits extremely close to home for my family. Many of my family members deal with mental unwellness, but in particular this hits my sister the hardest. She is one tough cookie and at only 17 has dealt with an eating disorder, and continues to fight and cope with depression, anxiety and addiction. An increasing number of people are coming forward and dealing with mental illness but we as a society, as a community can support our loved ones, neighbours, peers and friends and help them get through these challenges.
First off I think it is important to sit down with everyone you love and let them know that you are there for them to listen or support them with out accusing them of having any disorder, or illness. Just let them know your door is open. (chat over tea if you wish). Seek resources if you are unsure of how to go about such conversations or if you are concerned and are dealing with something bigger than you know how.
I also think it is important to check in with yourself, take breaks, breathe, cry, let yourself express and feel so you can get things off of your chest. Take a walk. Take a bath. Listen to your favourite song, sing along. Find a person to vent to, be each others go to, this can be a sibling, parent, partner, friend, whomever. Someone you feel comfortable opening up to and sharing your feelings with. Again, tea is optional but comforting in all regards.
Next I think it is important to reach out and support your community. A few charities/events I Participate in:
~the Bell “Let’s Talk” Day supports local mental health initiatives across Canada including CAMH. Get involved here: http://letstalk.bell.ca/en/
~Wear Your Label Clothing, founded by a Canadian Duo who struggles with mental illness. They create any-gender clothing with slogans like “Sad but Rad” and “Struggle to Strength” and bracelets, each in a different colour to support a different mental illness. This company and clothing strive to erase the stigma. Find them here: http://wearyourlabel.com/
~And Lastly Steeped tea has released Oasis on the Green tea. Every Purchase of this tea will donate $3 to CAMH (Center for Addiction and Mental Health). This is also to support the Darkness to Light Campaign which is supported by events running all over the GTA. If you want to support and Donate This tea is only available until Friday! You can also join the Conversation with Steeped Tea’s Facebook event to turn Darkness into Light! here Purchase Oasis on the green here: http://www.mysteepedtea.com/KT1007441/shop/PRODUCTDETAIL.aspx?prod=3291
Help shine a light on the stigma surrounding#mentalillness. Join @camhfoundation Darkness To Light on May 29! Double tap if you’re looking to support this initiative. #D2L #fundraising A photo posted by CAMH (@camhnews) on May 15, 2015 at 10:23am PDT
So please get involved, share some tea with someone and show you care. together let’s end the stigma and support each other. 1 in 5 People have a mental illness, but 5 in 5 people have mental health!