As I think back to growing up in the 1980s, we only had one event which qualified as being ‘socially aware’ - the Terry Fox Run.
That was it.
There was absolutely no talk of bullying, no talk of sexual identity, no talk of social or racial injustice, and certainly no talk of mental health.
There was only one issue that we we all agreed was socially important - cancer.
I hear a lot of my people from my generation talk about how the kids today seem to have a social awareness day about everything.
They seem to.
And I think it’s awesome.
Just think of the money that has been raised...the pain that has been averted...and yes, even the lives that have been saved as a result.
As we recognize World Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s do so with the realization that social awareness, ANY social awareness, is a good thing. Recognizing how to live more caring, supportive and empathetic lives should not be the hallmark of a single generation. It should be a rallying cry for all of us.
So if you are stressed, burdened, anxious, overwhelmed or simply misunderstood, please know that you have a mental health ally at Whiteboard Counselling.
We see you...we know your pain...and we will support you with everything we have.