KAWARTHA LAKES0 THE Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit(HKPR District Health Unit) is recognizing World Mental Health Day 2023. This year’s theme, “Mental health is a universal human right,” emphasizes our commitment to promoting mental well-being for all.
“One in five Canadians experience mental health concerns every year, impacting their well-being, physical health, and relationships,” said Joanne Brewster, Health Promoter for the HKPR District Health Unit. “Unfortunately, these conditions increasingly affect not only adults but adolescents and young people, highlighting the need for compassion, understanding, and urgency of access to mental health services and support for all.”
World Mental Health Day is meant to provide an opportunity for individuals and communities to come together, fostering knowledge, awareness, and meaningful actions to promote and protect everyone’s mental health. Mental health is a vital component of overall well-being encompassing the right to protection from mental health risks, access to available, acceptable, and high-quality care, and the freedom to live independently and inclusively according to the health unit.
“The HKPR District Health Unit is committed to working and collaborating inclusively with community partners and individuals to champion the value, promotion, and protection of mental health,” said Lorna McCleary, Manager of Health Promotion, with the HKPR District Health Unit.
To learn more about how to protect and promote mental health and well-being and for local support and information, visithkpr.on.ca/MentalHealth.