WELLINGTON COUNTY – A recent CMHA Ontario survey shows that nearly half of Ontarians (48%) say their mental health has worsened and one in four have sought help for mental health challenges since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Across Waterloo-Wellington the demand for mental health and wellness services and support for all ages has increased by 40% compared to pre-COVID volumes, local CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) officials state.
“We did our best to protect our loved ones from the physical health impacts of COVID-19, especially the older adults in our lives – our parents, grandparents, neighbours, and friends,” states a Nov. 24 press release from CMHA Waterloo Wellington.
“While isolation protected our vulnerable seniors from contracting COVID, it impacted their mental health, with many experiencing anxiety, depression, and memory loss.”
“When someone is sick or injured, we don’t hesitate to jump in and offer support – we call to check in or drop off a casserole to make sure they have a warm meal,” states CMHA WW CEO Helen Fishburn.
“Why should it be any different when someone is struggling with their mental health? Mental health needs to be casserole worthy.
“After all, there is no health without mental health.”
CMHA Waterloo Wellington is inviting local residents to join in Giving Tuesday, “a global day of generosity and giving on Nov. 29,” officials state.
Each year after Black Friday, Giving Tuesday marks the opening day of the giving season.
It’s a time where charities, companies and individuals join together to give back to their favourite causes, the release explains.
“There is no ‘right’ way to participate as long as it supports generosity and giving,” officials say.
“Donate, volunteer time, help a neighbour, or spread the word.”
With the community’s help, officials state CMHA WW can immediately move people off the waiting list and into the care they need and deserve.
The organization asks everyone to consider a donation to the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington this holiday season, www.cmhaww.ca/answerthecall.
In addition, anyone in crisis or who know someone who needs support is urged to reach out to Here 24/7 at 1-844-437-3247 (Here 247).