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Mental Health Week: Foundry Spotlight

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Emma Sieben, Editor-in-chief

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Last summer, I was having a mental breakdown and suffering debilitating panic attacks. When I called my work to inform them that I was not able to come in, I was told that if I did not come into work, or at least provide a doctor’s note verifying my condition, then there would be a black mark on my record as an employee.

One in three Canadians will develop a mental or substance disorder in their lifetime. If there are so many of us out there struggling, why are there still so many misunderstandings surrounding mental health? Why are we still being shunned and punished for speaking out? Why are our issues not being seen as valid health concerns?

Through educating the public and providing resources to those in need, the Canadian Mental Health Association is seeking to erase the stigma surrounding mental illness and encourage people suffering to speak up and get help.

One of the ways CMHA is hoping to accomplish this is through The Foundry, a youth wellness project across B.C. The rates of depression in people ages fifteen to twenty-four is extremely higher than other age groups, and by establishing these care centres, Foundry seeks to reach adolescents sooner. This will help young people get the help they need before mental illness, substance abuse, and family issues become too much to bear. Foundry realizes that we youth are the future of our country and planet, and by their support services and promoting good mental health, they ensure that the future is healthy and stable.

Foundry offers peer support sessions, and online and phone chat networks to connect youth with professional assistance. At the Kelowna Foundry facility, there are drop-in counselling sessions, where youth in crisis can obtain free, secure counselling, Mondays to Fridays, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. There are also family support services, where parents or other family members can seek out ways to help those close to them who are suffering. As well, there are physicians, sexual health counsellors, and various social services available to those who need it.

Foundry also has a significant online presence, with tips for a variety of mental health issues, stories from people who have and currently suffer from mental illnesses, apps, and self-checks to help with self-awareness. There are specific tips, overviews, and resources for those struggling with alcoholism, anxiety, body image and eating disorders, drug and other substance abuse, depression and low moods, questioning reality (psychosis), and stress. Foundry has links and numbers on its website that connect youth to support networks such as Kids Help Phone, Youth in B.C., and YouthSpace. These services are available through text, phone, or online chat.

There is still a lot of work to do in terms of mental health and erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness, especially in terms of youth. However, we continue to grow as a society the more people speak up about their issues in an attempt to decrease stigma. The more discussions we start, the more people become aware that our suffering is valid, and it becomes easier to seek help. When associations such as CMHA and Foundry educate the public about mental wellness and provide resources to those struggling, we create a healthier and more mindful future.

Sources

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2013001/article/11855-eng.htm

https://foundrybc.ca/kelowna/

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