MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS ARE ON THE RISE .
We don’t exist to be bureaucratic. We are humble members of committees and boards, and our existence is as grassroots as it gets.
It’s Mental started as a small group of concerned community members gathered around a kitchen table. We have lived experience with mental health and are committed to supporting others.
- We help end mental health stigma.
- We help by funding community members become mental health first aid trainers & facilitators to spread knowledge and awareness.
- We help support those experiencing mental health challenges.
The following mental health realities should make you feel more uncomfortable than using the word “Mental” .
It’s Mental that in Canada 500,000 people will call in sick to work this week because they can’t cope.
It’s Mental that over 300 people in NL committed self-inflicted injuries, in 2018.
It’s Mental that over 105 of those people were hospitalized.
BE A SAFEGUARD – BECOME A TRAINER .
Our goal is to increase knowledge and awareness of mental health across Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s Mental provides financial and application support for community members to become mental health first aid trainers & facilitators. With essential training you can help others become a safeguard for family and friends.
The It’s Mental community has made great strides in improving mental health realities across Newfoundland and Labrador.
It’s Mental’s generous supporters have made notable successes on the mental health front, like forming an all-party committee addressing health issues at the House of Assembly.
Other allies include Up Sky Down Films Roger Maunder, the Mental Health Coalition, local politicians and local communications firm Dc.
Because of our allies, The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador unveiled a new emergency response team in a mobile crisis unit, that provides immediate services to those in a crisis. We also launched digital campaigns to create understanding of mental health realities.
WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE .
“If I fail in managing my mental illness, there is nothing there to catch me, and that’s scary. I want you to know that you are not alone, and right now it’s scary, but we can fix this. Sincerely, (admittedly, a little idealistic, but what’s so wrong with that)”
– Amelia Curran
BECOME A TRAINER .
Our programs will help you apply to become a mental health first aid trainer & facilitator with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and support your training. This training will give you knowledge to support those living with mental health challenges, like depression and anxiety, in your community.
BENEFITS OF APPLYING:
- Receive up to date mental health knowledge
- Build your confidence to support those living with mental health challenges
- Ensure the people you know best can respond effectively to a mental health problem or crisis
- Strengthen relationships within your community
- Provide support to a person who may be experiencing a decline in their mental well-being or a mental health crisis and facilitate learning for others who want to support their community
WHAT WE DO TO HELP:
- We provide funding to train Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) facilitators
- We provide guidance and support to those applying to become facilitators
- We help get your name out to your community as a trainer
APPLY NOW .
When you send us your application, we will review it. If you are selected we will contact you to discuss next steps regarding how the funding may go on to help you to become a certified mental health first-aid trainer.
PLEASE HELP US FUND TRAINING .
Help us continue to provide accessible training to mental health first aid trainers across Newfoundland and Labrador. We ask you to please donate to our cause.