Mental Health Week launched in North Battleford

Mental health awareness emphasizes physical fitness, children's mental health

CrossWinds Counseling & Wellness is raising awareness about the connection between physical health and mental health through the theme Fitness #4Mind4Body. Sleep also plays a critical role in all aspects of life and overall health. Like teachers, staff in nurseries and other early years settings need mental health training so they can work with parents to promote young children's social and emotional development.

Worse still for those committed to improving social justice in our country is evidence that those in the care system and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds are far more likely to have a mental health problem. For Mental Health Week, British Columbians and Canadians are being called on to speak out, to #GetLoud on social media and in the community about what mental health means to you, and the people you care about.

Rather, the approach to mental illness tends to be disease-driven, meaning there are few wellness and prevention approaches in place for children's mental health and children typically don't see a mental health provider until they have a mental health issue.

The expansion is part of a £365 million investment into perinatal mental health services over the next five years from NHS England. Only about one-third of them connect with the community-based supports and services they need.

As part of Mental Health Week activities May 7-13 across the province, the CC4MH has launched a mental health and addictions survey to gain better insight into the experience of the people of the province, specifically the regions outside of Eastern Health, regarding mental health and addictions.

"The Green Paper also fails to adequately address the most important issue beyond the school gates, which is the lack of capacity in local NHS services for students with serious mental health problems".

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Since the facility opened, many youth have been dropping in to seek services in everything from employment to a whole range of health-care services, said Dale Handley, manager for VCH's North Shore Youth Mental Health and Substance Use program that operates at Foundry and other facilities. The Government's plans will fail a generation.

Published today, the cross-party report said the interests of children and young people should be at the heart of services and there should be an emphasis on early prevention of childhood mental health issues.

She said: "A government that's complacent about child poverty and relaxed about excessive testing in schools can't claim to care about young people's mental health".

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the report confirmed his concerns that the government's plans for improving mental health support for children and young people do not go "far enough or fast enough".

"We agree that every young person should be able to access mental health support - however we need to ensure we get this right, which is why we will pilot this approach to make sure services are correct". Adverse childhood experiences such as poor attachment or through parental alcohol and drug abuse or domestic violence can have a awful bearing on future well-being and a preventative approach in the early years must be a core part of the Government's strategy.

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