May 4 to May 10 in Canada is Mental Health Awareness Week. (CCS)

Chilliwack mayor highlighting mental health awareness

‘When I need to relax and de-stress, I turn to gardening,’ Mayor Popove said in his statement

Highlighting the importance of maintaining mental health was the essence of Chilliwack Mayor Ken Popove’s message on May 4.

It’s perfect timing since Mental Health Week is May 4 to May 10, 2020 across Canada.

“As we wait to see what our new normal will look like, it is understandable that many people may be experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges as a result of the pandemic,” Mayor Popove said in his mayor’s statement.

The Province of B.C. recently announced expansion of mental health programs including the launch of new virtual services.

READ MORE: B.C. unveils $5M for mental health services

Closer to home, Chilliwack Community Services has started providing free counselling support for anyone struggling with COVID-19.

Therapeutic support over the phone is available for anyone trying to cope with anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief and loss while living and working through this uncertain time. Call CCS at 604-798-5105 or email covidsupport@comserv.bc.ca to get access to a free, registered therapist.

“There are many ways to take care of yourself and ensure continued good mental health. Chilliwack Healthier Community, recently released ‘The Elements of Mental Wellness’, which outlines nine essential activities, with examples, that you can do to improve your mental health.

“When I need to relax and de-stress, I turn to gardening,” Popove said. “Working with my hands and being connected to nature helps me feel grounded. I spent the weekend working in my garden and found it very relaxing.

“I hope that residents will take advantage of these local and provincial services and actively take care of themselves, both physically and mentally.

“Don’t forget to follow #ChilliwackTogether on social media to help stay connected and see how your neighbours and friends are supporting each other right now. Even though we have to be physically apart, we can still be connected.”

READ MORE: Researchers study how pandemic is affecting MH


Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
jfeinberg@theprogress.com


@CHWKjourno
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

City of Chilliwackmental health

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP confirm man dead in Chilliwack shooting incident

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

UPDATE: Police oversight agency investigating after shots fired Saturday night in Chilliwack neighbourhood

RCMP reported a ‘distraught male’ fired at police officers on Christina Drive – IIO is on scene Sunday

Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network provides info for local businesses

Local retailers and restaurants are eager to get back to business in a way that’s safe.

Chilliwack mayor urges locals to shop local as stores open doors

Restaurants and retail are among the businesses allowed to re-open as B.C. heads into phase two.

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

New platform allows readers to make a one-time or ongoing donation to support local journalism

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

New platform allows readers to make a one-time or ongoing donation to support local journalism

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

Boy, 2, left with ‘soft tissue injuries’ after being hit by car in Squamish intersection

Boy was release from hospital, police continue to investigate

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Oak Bay man stumbles upon eagle hunting seal, grabs camera just in time

The eagle did ‘a perfect butterfly stroke to shore’ with its prey, photographer says

Most Read