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.
How do you go about managing mental health and personal wellness?
Sean Sandusky, 24, CRCP:
To manage personal wellness, I’d say you have to prioritize yourself and your health first, over anything, unapologetically. That is the ultimate key to getting better, and first step in managing mental health.
Ramis Tarannum, 21, Artist:
Being able to go on a quiet walk in nature or even on a drive while listening to my favourite songs offer a sense of peaceful environment. Also, having a support system is key. By surrounding myself with people who are positive, together we’re able to lift each other up, which really helps in maintaining a healthy mindset.
Joel Lee, 21, Designer:
As an artist and designer, I often find myself under immense pressure to perform; to produce innovative work and it does affect my mental state. Over the past few years I’ve begun to rely on certain acts to balance my state of mind. I take time to wander and gather my thoughts. I use organizational systems and “to do” lists to visualize my progress and manage my time. When anxious, especially in front of an audience, I vocalize what is affecting my state of mind. You’d be surprised at the support you receive.
Click here for further support and resources in regards to mental health.
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