Mental Health

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, September 10, 2022
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Join the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force for an evening of raising awareness for suicide prevention, speakers sharing their personal stories, music, and a candlelit memorial walk. Special Guest Speaker: Adam Campbell.

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an opportunity to educate others by raising awareness of suicide and to promote action that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally. The first WSPD was launched in Stockholm on September 2003 as an initiative of International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a way of focusing attention on Suicide and confirming the message: Suicides Are Preventable.

In this column I often write about the critical voice in our minds that can convince us to believe negative thoughts about ourselves. Sometimes this happens without us even realizing it and it can impact our mood and our behaviours. 

You are so unattractive.

No one likes you.

You are such an idiot; I cannot believe you just did that.

You are going to be alone forever. 

Do you remember back in elementary school when you were asked to write “I am” in the middle of the page and you had to write all the things that made you you around it? Daughter, brother, reader, athlete etc. If I asked you to do that today, what words would you write outside of your profession and family roles? What are your current passions? If you have difficulty answering those questions, please know that you are not alone. I often ask people to do this exercise and receive blank stares in return.

Studies show that spending time in nature can improve our mental health and sharpen our cognition. It came to no surprise then that when a local avid biker decided to bike from sunrise to sunset for Summer Solstice in 2020, as the pandemic was in its infancy and we were faced with so many unknowns, he approached the Elk Valley Suicide Task force to partner and raise much needed funds and awareness through what would be called the Solstice Ride for Mental Health. 

“To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.” John Muir. 

We show up for the humans in our lives. As soon as we wake up, we are taking out our pets, making breakfast for others, organizing our day around who needs what. We support our partners, our kids, our colleagues, our family, and our friends without even giving it a second thought.

We go though our lives with the benefit of only our own perspective. We see our experiences and the experiences of those around us through that one perspective, which makes it difficult to fully understand what the true experience of others is like. As a result, it can be challenging to recognize when equality in health and social care is lacking for other people or even ourselves but us not recognizing it doesn’t make it any less of a concern. 

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, March 10, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am

Join local Drag Queen Isabella GiaVulva and Miss Bailey for a Storytime focused on mental health at the Fernie Heritage Library.

Watch via Zoom while their special guests read ‘A Shelter for Sadness’ by Anne Booth and ‘A Sky-Blue Bench’ by Bahram Rahman.

This event is in support of the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force.

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