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2023 Mental Health Awareness Week: Dealing with anxiety

The City of Pointe-Claire would like to highlight this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and its theme of anxiety. There continues to be a stigma surrounding mental health, and those struggling often do not seek out the help they need. This yearly national initiative helps spread the narrative that not being okay is okay, and speaking to others about how you feel is very important.

For those seeking help, there are a plethora of resources available, including Anxiety Canada, which specifically discusses anxiety, its symptoms and how to manage these feelings. If you wish to speak to a professional about your mental health and anxiety, you can do so by clicking here.

You are never alone

According to a survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, more than 25 percent of Canadian adults feel moderate to severe anxiety, while another 22 percent reported having feelings of depression. The pandemic was unprecedented in that family, friends and neighbors were separated for an extended period of time. As a result, many Canadians felt their mental health worsen in isolation.

This year’s Mental Health Week aims to spread awareness about anxiety, and the many forms it can take. Dismissing or invalidating symptoms of anxiety (panic, restlessness, social withdrawal, etc.) often further harms those dealing with these feelings. If you deal with anxiety, know that you are not alone.

To learn more about this National initiative, visit the organization’s website.