May 4, 2020
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We know that better mental health is not an individual’s responsibility – it’s a collective one. To improve everyone’s mental health, we need to work on decreasing risk factors and increasing protective factors, which include social connections and supportive relationships. So, let’s nix the niceties.
This Mental Health Week, let’s do better than saying “I’m fine” and have real conversations with our friends, neighbours and coworkers about how they’re really doing. Let’s share the ups and downs of the “new normal” in our lives and be real. And if the answer is not fine, let’s get ready to listen, with care. We’re all human and we need each other.
When you’re socially connected, you feel part of your community and don’t feel isolated or alone. Take one small step towards improving social connections—for yourself and those around you. “Fine” keeps us at arm’s length from real social connections with others. We’re all in this together.