Mental Health Week Coming Up!

Morden is getting excited about hosting Mental Health Week, May 7-11, 2019. Canadian Mental Health Association’s week of events is in its 68th year. The association wants to remind us that mental health is not something that just affects the 1 in 5 Canadians who have a mental illness. We all have mental health. Just like we all have physical health. Every one of us. 5 in 5.

This will be the third year that events are being hosted in Morden for this week. We are grateful for the sponsorships that help to make this event possible.

Sponsors include:
Gold: Southern Health Healthy Living Together Grant, City of Morden
Silver: Eden Mental Health Care Services
Bronze: Clinic Drugstore, Morden Co-op

The goal of Mental Health Week in Morden is to inspire, educate and be active for mental health.

We are excited to have Sonia Funk, RNT as our main keynote speaker presenting It’s Not Your Fault.

We are all surrounded by triggers of stress, anxiety and depression in our daily lives. They are everywhere. They are in the news, on our dinner plates, in our morning mugs, in our homes, at school, on the road, at work, in our email. Sonia will be discussing these triggers, and factors that affect our mental health including stress, food, our microbiome, social media, phones and relationships.

The full schedule for Mental Health Week (May 7-12) includes:

  • Tuesday:A Mental Health Expo including displays from Agassiz Medical Clinic, Mood Disorders of Manitoba, Community Financial Counselling, Eden Mental Health Services and many more. The expo is followed by the main keynote titled It’s Not Your Fault, by Sonia Funk, RNT.
  • Wednesday: Free classes are offered to activate the body and the brain including cardio drumming, yoga, partner yoga and introduction to mindfulness meditation.
  • Thursday:John Janzen, an inner-city worker in Winnipeg will present on building community at a $35 Soup Supper Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Thursday also brings kickboxing to the table for adults and for teen girls.
  • Friday: A Lunch and Learn with Naturopathic Doctor is scheduled as part of the Chamber of Commerce Lunch series. Dr. Andrew Byk, ND will discuss how digestive health directly affects mental health.
  • Saturday: A mindful triathlon (walk + yoga + meditation) is scheduled for the morning. Saturday afternoon offers a workshop titled “The Struggle is Real” with Sonia Funk and Kelly Vipond.

The full schedule with times, location, event description and speaker/instructor biography is on the event website. All events are free except for the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser. All events require RSVP which can be done through the website www.mordenmb.com/mentalhealthweek or by phone/email 204-822-5431 ext.206, sdueck@mordenmb.com.

Mayor Brandon Burley commented on the events, “Mental health is an important topic to discuss in the open, since it often comes with stigma. I have battled with mental illness in the past, and hope that this annual event helps to reduce stigma, while educating and inspiring people to work for positive mental health and to get help when they need it.”

Stephanie Dueck, Rec Programmer for the City of Morden shared, “We have a lot of good resources to support mental health in our community. We hope the events of the week will draw attention to those resources. The event also showcases some of the fitness opportunities we have at the Access Event Centre. Physical activity has a very positive effect on mental health and we have a variety of options for classes that people of all ages have been enjoying. It’s also vital for people to know it’s okay to ask for help. A list of crisis help lines are listed on the event website. The Southern Health- Eden CRISIS line is 1-888-617-7715.”

Be inspired, educated and active for mental health. Plan to attend Mental Health Week events May 7-12, 2019!