STANLEY A. McCHRYSTAL
"We need a strong civil society where the connection between different people and groups is firm and vibrant, not brittle and divided."
The Issue of Loneliness
Despite all the technology connecting us, Canadians have never been more lonely
More Canadians than ever live alone, and almost one-quarter describe themselves as lonely. The Globe and Mail reports.
The truth is, loneliness is an epidemic. We are going through times of profound social change. Psychology Today reports.
Should Canada develop a strategy to combat the problem of loneliness? The CBC discusses in this podcast.
Strategies for Combating Loneliness
Living with Loneliness
Seven steps to freeing yourself from being lonely
— Psychology Today
9 things you can do to help yourself
— USA Today
The Missing Million
A Practical Guide to Identifying & Talking About Loneliness
— The UK's Campaign to End Loneliness
Interventions for Loneliness & Social Isolation
A report on evidence supporting interventions aimed at reducing loneliness and social isolation, particularly in elderly people
— The National Institute for Health Research and the University of York
Mental Health Resources for Communities
MENTAL HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS
A list of organizations committed to mental health support, research, advocacy and more:
- Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
- The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
- Bell Let's Talk
- The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
- Parents for Children's Mental Health
- The Provincial Center of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO
- NAMI, the National Alliance for the Mental Ill
- Psychology Foundation of Canada
- Children's Mental Health Ontario
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
- CHADD, Children and Adults with ADHD
- Internet Mental Health
- Autism Society Canada
- Autism Society
- National Autism Association
- Autism Ontario
- OASIS @ MAAP (Autism/Asperger)
- College Resources for Students with Disabilities
How Lanark community rallied to reduce mental health stigma
In 2009, Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth launched a new program to develop awareness and understanding of Children’s Mental Health in their local schools. The organization used the Iris the Dragon Book Series and worked with local schools to develop a school wide awareness campaign that culminated in a walk through town to raise awareness.
The walk was named after a similar walk that played out in one of the Iris the Dragon books called “The Brave New Minds Walk.” The walk was a great success and other communities are encouraged to take on this initiative to raise awareness about children’s mental health.
Here is the grass-roots initiative, based on and instructions from Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth to organize a rally in your community to reduce stigma: Download instructions to organize a Brave New Minds Walk...
How Niagara came together to raise mental health awareness
Here's where the community-based walk-a-thon for mental health awareness started. Check out Niagara Child and Youth Services Foundation instruction plan! Download Niagara's superb plan for a Brave New Minds Walk...
Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 1 - 7, 2018
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.
Volunteer Canada represents and advocates volunteerism in Canada. Their site includes resources, information, and a directory of volunteer organizations. Start by finding a local volunteer centre...