Women’s Mental Health, it’s a Real Thing

Women’s Mental Health, it’s a Real Thing

Women’s College Hospital Foundation hosted its fourth annual Women for Women’s luncheon on Tuesday November 4. This year’s topic of discussion was mental health, a relevant topic more and more people are trying to bring to light.

This year’s discussion featured moderator, Dr. Marla Shapiro, health journalist for Canada AM, who is also the founding editor of Parents Canada magazine. Panelists included Dr. Simone Vigod, CHFI Morning host Erin Davis, Canadian Olympic champion Elizabeth Manley, and special guest performance by Canadian artist Kathleen Edwards, openly discussing their struggles and the stigma surrounding women’s mental health.

From an event perspective, this was one of the best events I have ever been to. They had everything from the bright pink room to goodie bags. With approximately a thousand people in attendance, they even scheduled interludes for guests to network and mingle. As in the words of the host , “You cannot put a thousand motivated women in a room and expect them not to talk”. The room was electric, it was fun and inspiring, which is a difficult task when talking about such serious matters.

Most of all, this discussion was personal, as it should be. Mental illness is one of those conversations that people should be having, but the stigma behind it is what holds it back, no matter the age. The most alarming statistic of the day was that one in five women suffers from some form of mental illness.

Treatment options are becoming more readily available to those who are seeking help, and by having these conversation, it is helping others more than you know. Women’s College Hospital and the Foundation is one of those amazing organizations that strives for the betterment of women’s health, by helping one another with events such as this.

Here are five tips that were shared with us to help yourself or others in need to maintain optimal mental health:

  1. Make time for family and friends: These relationships need to be nurtured; through the good and the bad, they will always be your main support system.
  2. Give and accept support: Friends and family relationships thrive when they are “put to the test”.
  3. Manage stress: We all have stressors in our lives, but learning how to deal with them when they threaten to overwhelm us will help maintain our mental health.
  4. Find strength in numbers: Sharing a problem with others who have had similar experiences may help you find a solution and relating to someone who has been in your shoes will make you feel less isolated.
  5. Learn to be at peace with yourself: It’s all about you! Get to know who you are, what makes you really happy, and learn to balance what you can and cannot change about yourself.

For more information about this event or how Women’s College Hospital is bringing mental health to the forefront of conversations you can visit their website here:

http://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/programs-and-services/mental-health/

 

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