Mental Health Awareness

May 4-10 is CMHA Mental Health Awareness Week

I'm fine, thanks.

We say we're fine, even when the truth is we're ecstatic, exhausted, grateful. Or even freaking out. Every time we just go through the motions, we miss out on the chance to connect for real. In times of crisis like this, we need each other more than ever.

Connecting doesn't just feel good - it's good for our mental health.

CMHA Mental Health Week

Darkness to Light-Edson-May 9th

Mental Health

What is mental health?

Positive mental health and well-being are a state of being comfortable and healthy, feeling good about who you are, having balance in your life and the ability to cope with life's challenges.

Mental health and personal well-being look different for everyone. Mental health is not the absence of mental illness, and well-being is not the same as happiness.

What is resilience?

Resilience is a person's ability to cope with and recover from stress and adversity. It is a skill that can be learned and strengthened. Positive experiences and having caring, supportive relationships help us feel safe and build resiliency.

The stronger a person's resiliency, the more successful they become at overcoming life's challenges.

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Disclaimer: Family and Community Services supports empowering residents by providing tools to improve personal well-being and relationships. Some information provided is offered by external sources and is intended as information only. The Town of Edson is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information supplied by external sources. Users wishing to rely on this information should consult directly with the information source.





WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO is made up of a community of volunteers who are here to support you – whatever you are going through. is located on the unceded territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples in Victoria, British Columbia. We acknowledge the ongoing impact of colonialism on all peoples’ daily interactions and wellness, including the inextricable connection between current unjust systems and conditions of risk for Indigenous youth. At we continually strive to learn from and incorporate this knowledge into our work in creating safer spaces for all visitors.

We encourage and welcome all youth to chat in, no matter what your background, religion, race, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, lifestyle or culture. We are always working towards being a LGBTQ+ affirming and welcoming space by constantly learning and unlearning harmful normalized ideas of gender and sexuality. 

All volunteers are trained in emotional support, crisis response, and ASIST Suicide First Aid.

We won’t give you advice, or tell you what to do because we believe you know you best! We work to empower you to live your healthiest life. We will support you in the moment, encourage you to explore your thoughts, feelings, fears, options, ideas, and resources. We hope that this is a place where you can tell your story and your feelings and feel okay doing it.

If we’re seriously concerned for your safety, we’ll try to get help to you. If you feel unsafe or have already done something to hurt yourself, please call 9-1-1.


Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a practical approach to drug use. It recognizes that quitting drugs may not be realistic or desirable for everyone. It is:
• community-based
• user-driven
• non-judgmental
• broad-based in that it addresses systems, which isolate, alienate and marginalize people

It meets drug users “where they are at” and responds to their health concerns. Harm reduction aims to decrease drug-related harm as outlined by drug users themselves. It also recognizes drug users as part of a larger community. Protecting and improving the health of the community as a whole therefore requires protecting and improving the health of drug users. Drug users must be integrated into the community rather than isolated from it.

The harm reduction approach recognizes that two different types of problems result from illegal drugs. One set of problems results from the negative effects of the drug on an individual’s health, another from society’s efforts to eliminate drugs. These two are often confused. Much of the harm that occurs is blamed on drugs themselves, while the negative consequences of efforts to eliminate them are not recognized. Harm reduction isn’t solely about change in individual behavior, but about societal change. It challenges us to rethink how we see drugs and recognize that many of the harms associated with drug use are caused by prejudice and a “war on drugs” approach to drug policies.

Harm reduction includes initiatives such as designated drivers, needle exchange programs, safe grads, safer sex campaigns, safe injection facilities, methadone maintenance, prescription heroin or morphine, and others. It also addresses the broad needs of drug users, including issues of physical and mental health, the justice system, income support, food security, and homelessness.

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