Six Ways to Celebrate Psychology Month in Canada
February is Psychology Month in Canada. It was launched in 2005. Since that time, there have been efforts to educate Canadians about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with getting help. Bell Let’s Talk and Depression Hurts are two positive examples. That being said, there are still a large percentage of Canadians with mental health issues who do not get help. The Mental Health Commission of Canada found that “less than 20% of employees who develop depression actually seek help” due to stigma, lack of knowledge, and poor access to care.
We can all do something to help knock down these barriers to mental health care. Here are a few suggestions:
- Tell a friend or family member that February is Psychology Month. Say the word “psychology” without hesitation or embarrassment.
- Read an article, blog, or book dealing with psychology. Share what you learned with a friend.
- Gather information about psychology in Canada (Canadian Psychological Association)
- Learn about how your school, workplace, or city supports people with mental health issues. Advocate for greater access to mental health care.
- Look after your own emotional and mental well-being (e.g., learn a new skill, call an old friend, or exercise).
- Visit ihaveatherapist.com, and see people (all kinds of people) expressing their pride in seeking therapy and their appreciation for their therapists.