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For Immediate Release April 21, 2009
“Invest in Yourself: Get Connected”
Mental Health Awareness Week - May 4 to 10, 2009
“Now More Than Ever: Invest in Yourself!” is the theme of this year’s national Mental Health Awareness Week, May 4 – 10, 2009. The focus of the week is on the importance of good social support in maintaining good mental health and Prairie North Health Region is proud to participate.
PNHR is promoting the week region-wide with events and activities in The Battlefords,
Lake. City of
North Battleford Mayor Julian Sadlowski and Town of
Battleford Mayor Chris Odishaw will participate in a flag raising ceremony at City Hall at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 4th to declare May 4 – 10 Mental Health Awareness Week in The Battlefords.
Lloydminster Mayor Ken Baker and Town of
Meadow Lake Mayor Darwin Obrigewitcsh are proclaiming Mental Health Awareness Week in their communities as well. The emphasis will be on “getting connected to family and friends.”
The public is invited to attend sessions in North Battleford and
Lake to hear presentations from Prairie North Health Region Psychologist, Dr. Wayne Schlapkohl. He will be speaking on the importance of good social support in maintaining good mental health. The
North Battleford presentation is set for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 at the North Battleford Public Library. The
Lake presentation is slated for 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 7 at the Meadow Lake Library.
Lloydminster on Thursday May 7th, Kama Taylor from the Libbie Young Centre will be speaking on “Getting Connected” and the importance of social supports in overall mental health. The event will take place at Lloydminster Library at 7p.m.
This year marks the 58th Mental Health Awareness Week - a Canada-wide designation which for 2009 focuses on taking care of ourselves, especially our mental health. Good mental health is as important as having good physical health, but maintaining good mental health is often confusing and difficult for people to achieve. Part of the reason for this difficulty is that life continuously presents us with circumstances which challenge our ability to live mentally healthy lives. Stress in many forms affects all of us and forces us to seek a mental balance that is often just out of our reach.
According to Mental Health of America, individuals who feel valued and cared for are better equipped to deal with stress and hard times. Therefore, reminding ourselves to stay connected with our family, friends and community is an important first step to reducing stress, improving our mental health, and investing in ourselves.
For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week, and mental health issues and concerns, contact Prairie North Health Region at (306) 446-6500.
For more information, contact: Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer (306) 446-6625
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