First introduced in 1951, #MentalHealthWeek has likely never been more pertinent or impactful across society as a whole, than in 2021 — on the occasion of its 70th anniversary. Founded by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), #MentalHealthWeek runs May 3 to 9, 2021. This year’s theme is: Get real about how you feel.
The most recent national survey conducted by the Canadian Mental Health Association in conjunction with researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in December 2020, found feelings of increased despondency, among those polled, comparing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to the first wave. The 14th straight month of a global pandemic in many jurisdictions has challenged parents in even more acute ways.
1. CAPTAINS & POETS
Associated with Massachussetts General Hospital, The Clay Center for Young Health Minds is a “free, practical, online educational resource dedicated to promoting and supporting the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children, teens, and young adults.”
Watch our interview with Dr. Khadijah Booth-Watkins, mom of two and Associate Director of The Clay Centre for Young Healthy Minds, providing mental wellness tips and advice for parents of teens and young adults.
3. DEBBIE BERLIN, PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND SOCIAL WORKER
With combined experience spanning more than two decades in the fields of social work (hospital and not-for-profit settings), psychotherapy in private practice (trauma counselling and support), Debbie Berlin has watched the trajectory of need ebb and spike during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In a sea of change, one truth remains constant — finding someone to talk to.
“I think people are really quite desperate for a sounding board,” Berlin shared during a recent interview with Where Parents Talk. “Another perspective, another person to talk to someone to help them with their parenting concerns, their own mental health concerns, or even their aging parents. There’s just an array and a variety of issues, I think, that are bringing people to counselling, especially now, as we’re even more isolated from each other during this pandemic.” Watch our interview with Debbie Berlin, mom, psychotherapist, and social worker and learn about coping strategies and tips for parents.