Hi, everyone! My name is Tammy, and in the middle of the summer, I found myself searching online for new glasses and contacts for my upcoming semester. I came across MyLens.ca, and quickly learned that they have a strong focus on helping our communities. Immediately, I felt a connection to their focus on raising mental health awareness and support.
After speaking with a customer service team member about their charitable donations to support mental health, I was put in contact with the MyLens.ca founders. After sharing our experiences with each other, MyLens.ca offered me the opportunity to periodically write blogs for them to further raise mental health awareness. I have eagerly accepted the opportunity from the passionate team at MyLens.ca to periodically share mental health education, tips, and updates on their blog.
Personally, breaking down barriers for those living with a mental illness or addiction has immensely contributed to my passion as a mental health advocate. Over the past two years, I have been working tirelessly on completing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychiatric Nursing. Alongside this, I work in both community and hospital settings raising mental health awareness and understanding.
By raising awareness, we can better understand symptoms, treatments and resources, and most importantly, we can break the stigma surrounding mental health that leaves so many suffering in silence.
Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with a mental illness or addiction? Chances are, the answer is yes. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) reports that 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction during their lifetime. And yet, negative stigma and discrimination remain present within our society.
As September begins, we may face challenges adjusting to new routines. Whether you are returning to your workplace after working remotely, returning to school after learning virtually, or you are putting your home school teaching career to an end, remember that you are not alone during these trying times.
Here are some tips to help manage your mental health during difficult times:
- Remain informed
- Create and maintain a healthy routine
- Focus on the positives
- Connect with others
- Practice meditation
- Keep physically active
- Reach out for help if you need it
For more support during difficult times, visit https://cmha.bc.ca/covid-19.
Remember, at MyLens.ca you can choose to have 5% of your order total donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association after checkout.
Together, we can help raise awareness and support for those in our communities that need it.