For my birthday this year, I am asking my family and friends to donate to the Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region. I have chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me. I have personally struggled with depression and anxiety for 20years and it is a constant battle. I want to raise awareness and let people know they are not alone. We should do more to help those struggling to access help. Many people struggle with mental illness but do not have access to the support they so desperately need.
Our mental health is key to our well being. It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us. For those who do not struggle, it is hard for them to understand it is at times out of our control. Those that struggle aren't trying to avoid their problems, they aren't trying to live a perfect life, they just want to live well and feel capable, despite all the challenges. Good mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community.
For more than 60 years, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Alberta Division has focused on recovery and support for Albertans impacted by mental illness. CMHA, Alberta Division stands with Albertans within their communities as they achieve their wellness goals. Hundreds of CMHA, Alberta Division staff and volunteers engage clients in activities, assisting with navigation of the complex matrix of mental health services. CMHA, Alberta Division works to increase and enhance individuals’, groups’ and communities’ control over their mental health.
I hope you will all consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. Please share with your family and friends. We are in this together!!!