Public Service Announcement: Town of Lincoln recognizes Mental Health Week and urges everyone to seek support when needed

Town of Lincoln recognizes Mental Health Week and urges everyone to seek support when needed

May 3 to 9, 2021 marks Mental Health Week in Canada. The Town of Lincoln encourages residents to take care of their mental health and reminds everyone that mental health resources are available throughout Lincoln and Niagara region. The Town is committed to supporting individuals, families and the community by connecting them to programs and services that promote health and well-being. The Town, along with Niagara Region and community partners like the CMHA (Niagara) and Pathstone Mental Health, offers access to many resources to take care of your emotional and mental health.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), 40 per cent of Canadians say their mental health has deteriorated since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. People continue to experience unprecedented stress, so it is not unusual to be experiencing prolonged feelings of anxiety, isolation and uncertainty related to the pandemic.

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week is #GetReal about how you feel – name it, don’t numb it. Below are a few tips on how you can incorporate good mental health practices in your daily life:

  • Connect with others safely online – Research shows that social interaction is a biological requirement much like eating, drinking and sleeping. Help boost your mood by calling a friend, setting up a video chat or making time to connect with those you live with.
  • Stay active – Taking the time to engage in physical activities can have lifelong benefits for your physical, emotional and mental health. Research shows that regular exercise can have significant positive impacts on anxiety, depression and negative mood. Even short, 10 minutes bursts of stretching or walking can increase our mood, alertness and energy. Stay healthy, active and connected at home with online videos, nutritional tips and home workouts.
  • Enjoy the outdoors – Find a trail or park near your home to enjoy some fresh air and Lincoln’s beautiful natural landscape. Taking a walk outside is an easy way to naturally reduce stress and stay physically healthy. When outside, please follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines by staying two metres apart from those not in your household and wearing a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Make time for yourself – Sometimes life can get hectic. Building self-care into your daily or weekly routine can greatly improve resilience and prevent burnout. Set aside time during the day to do something you enjoy like reading a book or a newspaper, gardening or spending time with your family. Mental health is just as important as physical health.
  • Learn a new skill or try a new activity – Learning a new skill can build confidence. It can help to improve your mental health. We have a variety of creative and easy virtual activities you and your family can try at home including arts and crafts, fun food and literacy and learning. Learn more about and register for Town of Lincoln virtual programming and activities.

Help is available

If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, there are many resources available to help you or your loved one:

Media Contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205
lbusnello@lincoln.ca

 

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