CMHA Kelowna branch is urging the community to increase their social connection despite being physically apart. The mental health organization is launching their #CreatingConnection campaign to kick off Mental Health Week (May 4-10). The campaign also comes on the heels of new research that says most British Columbians want more meaningful connection in their daily life.
Rising temperatures. Melting ice caps. Drowning polar bears. We don’t need to be told that there’s a climate emergency, and that it’s taking its toll on the planet. But the climate emergency is also a mental health emergency. The stats are powerful: psychological trauma from a natural disaster is forty times greater than trauma from physical injury. The human stories are troubling: in the Canadian North, Inuit hunters are reporting increased mental health problems, as ice conditions change and threaten the hunt for food. Climate scientists themselves are suffering from ecological grief and depression. And there are children who can’t sleep because they’re worried about the future.