- Mental Health
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On January 24th, the BCMHAS Health Literacy Team, in partnership with Fraser Health, launched mindcheck.ca and the In One Voice video pledge campaign to support mental health. Mindcheck.ca is a youth and young adult-focused interactive website where visitors can check out how they’re feeling and get connected to support early and quickly. Support includes education, self-help tools, website links, and assistance in connecting to local professional resources.
The Vancouver Canucks supported the launch by posting the promotional videos on their website, making announcements to fans via Twitter, and featuring mindcheck.ca at their home game on January 24th. Before the game even started #mindcheck was the third highest trending topic on Twitter in Vancouver!
The In One Voice campaign currently has over 1,300 Facebook fans, and over 140 video pledges have already been submitted. The videos include personal messages of support and hope for those affected by mental health challenges. Most of the people visiting the site are from BC, but people have viewed the website from across Canada and around the world. People have visited the site from the UK, Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa and Brazil!
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre Youth in Residence, Jessica Bruhn and Brent Seal attended the Canucks game on the 24thon behalf of the mind check team. At the beginning of the game, Jessica was recognized on the ice for her work in mental health and her support of mindcheck.ca. Between periods at the game people recognized her and would come ask her questions. Congrats Jess!
During the first intermission, Canucks’ General Manager Mike Gillis spoke about the importance of raising awareness of mindcheck.ca and reaching out to help those in need. Sportsnet also aired Kevin Bieksa’s compelling video about close friend and teammate, Rick Rypien, who suffered from depression.
Many are saying how proud they are to be a Canucks fan because of involvement in projects like this. People are thankful that Kevin Bieksa lent his voice to the cause, and hope that this will help stop the taboo that surrounds mental health issues. The outpouring of support for the site and the commitment and passion of Canadians to talk openly about mental health issues is encouraging.
The In One Voice campaign is still ongoing, so please share your voice and your message, and help keep the momentum going!