Statement by Premier Dennis King on National Mental Health Week
Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island issued the following statement recognizing National Mental Health Week:
“Today marks the beginning of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week and an opportunity to recognize how mental health affects all of us and what we can do to support each other.
This year’s theme is “#GetReal about how you feel” to remind Islanders to focus on understanding our emotions - recognizing, labeling, and accepting our feelings are all an important part of protecting and promoting good mental health for everyone.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for every Islander. At some point over the last year, we have all felt scared, nervous, anxious, lonely, and uncertain. These are normal emotions which we should name, express, and deal with - even if it is sometimes hard to talk about.
These emotions shouldn’t define who we are, they shouldn’t make us feel numb. It’s important that when you need help you reach out and talk about these emotions. There are telephone and online supports available to Islanders that you can access from the comfort of your own home; these services are free and confidential and I encourage you to use them when you feel you need them.
We have tremendous Islanders who work around the clock to design, implement and offer mental health programs and services here in Prince Edward Island. They are dedicated and passionate about doing everything they can when they wake up each morning to help improve the lives of fellow Islanders and I would like to thank them for their dedication to our province.
This week – and every week after – don’t go numb. #GetReal about how you feel. Name it, don’t numb it.”
- ICAN Adult Anxiety Program - This program educates adults about anxiety and guides them as they learn skills to overcome their anxiety, excessive worry and how to cope with major life stressors. The program is available free of charge to Island residents and individuals can self-refer online at www.strongestfamilies.com
- Island Helpline - Call 1-800-218-2885 if you are experiencing distress - day or night, any day of the week. The Island Helpline is a free bilingual, confidential, non-judgmental, and supportive telephone service.
- Kids Helpline - You can reach a Kids Help Phone counsellor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868. No matter what you want to talk about, they will be there to listen.
- Text Based Support - Text CONNECT to 686868. Texting is something many do to communicate with friends and family. Sometimes you need to talk to someone else about what you are going through. You can chat with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder for support at any time.
- Bridge the gapp - Bridge the gapp is an online resource for Islanders to find mental health and substance use support information. Find tools and services, and share personal stories with others, all from the comfort of your home. Visit www.pei.bridgethegapp.ca for more information.
- Canadian Mental Health Association PEI – CMHA provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses and support recovery and resilience. For more information visit the web-site: www.pei.cmha.ca
- Crisis Services Canada Texting Support - Connect via text at 45645, 5 pm - 1 am. Reaching out can be scary but taking that step can help you feel less alone when you need it the most. The responders who answer your texts are there to support you in the struggles you are facing. They can help you explore ways to create safety when things are feeling out of control.
- Community Mental Health & Addictions Services:
- Souris: 902-687-7110
- Montague: 902-838-0960
- Charlottetown (McGill Centre): 902-368-4911
- Charlottetown (Richmond Centre): 902-368-4430
- Summerside: 902-888-8180
- Alberton: 902-853-8670
- Provincial Addictions Treatment Facility: 902-368-4120 / 1-888-299-8399
- 2021 CMHA National Mental Health Week Toolkit
- How Can I Help? Children’s COVID-19 Workbook
- Supporting Children and Youth During COVID-19
- CMHA PEI Mental Health Week Campaign
Office of the Premier