Cochrane, AB – Today marks the start of Mental Health Week in Cochrane. From May 1-7, Cochrane Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) with the support of local community partners will be offering a variety of events to help spur social connection and support mental well-being for residents.
The annual initiative, created by the Canadian Mental Health Association, aims to shift attitudes and perceptions surrounding mental health. In recognition, FCSS is hosting a variety of related events focused on bringing community members together and supporting mental health using the four pillars of wellness - spiritual, mental-emotional, physical and social. The week offers a range of activities for all ages including a drum circle, mental health discussions, art classes, a community lunch, exercise classes and more.
“After a challenging few years for many, Mental Health Week is a great opportunity to bring community together, build social connection and support mental well-being,” says Kim Krawec, Manager of FCSS. “With the help of our wonderful community partners we are able to offer an array of resources that Cochranites can continue to access all year round.”
In addition to the organized mental health initiatives offered this week, FCSS is excited to launch a new mental health website with the support of community partners. Designed to provide local mental health resources and information, Cochranecares.ca is a one-stop website for Cochranites looking for additional support. The website features local resources, pillars of wellness and stories of hope from Cochrane residents on their mental health journey.
For more information and a complete list of events, visit Cochrane.ca/mentalhealthweek and Cochranecares.ca
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