Statement by Premier King on National Mental Health Week
Premier Dennis King has issued the following statement recognizing National Mental Health Week:
“Today marks the beginning of Canadian Mental Health Week and an opportunity to recognize how mental health affects all of us and what we can do to support each other.
We all share a collective responsibility to be more understanding, informed and supportive when it comes to mental health. Many Islanders and their families are living with mental illness every day and continue to struggle to be heard.
As a government we are working on and investing in meaningful solutions to address the mental health needs of Islanders and providing care and supports just as we would for a more visible physical ailment. We also continue to find innovative ways to provide Islanders with the mental health supports they need as we navigate this uncertain, difficult and stressful time in our lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a reminder of how powerful human connection is. It is important for us to talk to one another about how we are feeling, how we are coping with each new day; and, how we can support each other. We can help by taking the time to listen as this simple act can make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.
Being able to talk about how you’re feeling is an important first step to taking control and finding a path forward. On this day and every day, let’s make a point of reaching out to those around us so that we can help each other through our darkest days.”
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier
Islanders who need help or advice can call The Island Helpline toll-free at 1-800-218-2885.
Young Islanders can also call The Kids Help Phone toll-free at 1-800-688-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 (free text-based support).
For more information about online, phone and text-based mental health supports and programs, visit: Mental Health Services.