Mental health takes on all shapes and sizes, as with any kind of illness, it can come in a variety of forms. The spectrum of one’s experience can alter from tolerable to debilitating. Mental illness is often something we do not outright see the way we do a broken leg or the flu, so it is important that we vocalize our state of mind. Although at first it can feel difficult, the more comfortable we become sharing our experiences, the more others will feel open to talking about theirs as well.
In an effort to keep the conversation going, Indie88 is working with CAMH to help end the stigma around mental health. We roamed the streets of Toronto in an effort to get people to share their thoughts.
What are some coping strategies that you use to feel in a state of well-being?
Dana Snow, 21, Curator:
I read somewhere that you should treat your mental health the same way that you treat your physical health, and I completely agree with that statement.
If you eat a ton of junk food one night, you might try to counteract that by eating food that is healthy the next day. When it comes to my mental health, I always try to counteract. A lack of sleep and stress is counteracted by taking the time to rest and look after my well-being.
Kong Cai, 22, Graphic Designer:
For me, laughter is the best medicine. It’s nice to know that I can reach out to my friends, who will listen to me rant and try to cheer me up… Mental health isn’t simple, but my coping strategies are – I try to do whatever it is that will make me happy in that moment. I’ll watch comedy or listen to music, those things always put me in a better mood.
Meredyth Kutt, 21, Artist:
I use my artwork as a method to keep in a state of well-being. I find that channeling emotion into a creative project, whether that be through drawing, writing, painting, or any other creative form, can be used as a therapeutic outlet – It’s a really helpful strategy in maintaining a healthy state of mind.
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