Colour It Forward

During times like this, mental health concerns are on the rise.   With the uncertainty we are all facing, a number of unforeseen emotions are bound to surface.  Some of us are better equipped to handle these emotions than others. 

All it takes is just one crayon to change the colour of someone else's day!

It appears that the age old taboo behind mental health and therapy continues to exist.  Society still sees both as a sign of weakness.  I believe the weakness lies in the inability to see beyond ourselves and the courage that it takes for someone to ask for help.  We have to stop viewing mental health issues as a disability and start viewing them as an opportunity for personal growth and change.  And this applies to all of us not just those who are living with a mental health concern.

As a health professional I believe that it is my responsibility to educate as many people as possible about the positive health benefits therapy has to offer.  It takes courage and strength to ask for help and it takes stepping outside of your own life to see when someone else needs it.  Be the friend or family member that takes notice!

COLOUR IT FORWARD  is a campaign that I started as my way of helping to change the face of mental health.  By passing a crayon forward you are acknowledging the brighter side of therapy and the strength that it takes for someone to ask for help.  If we can change how we see mental health then maybe we can change how we view it.

So, if you know someone who struggles with mental health or is currently in isolation on their own, please share this symbol to let them know you care!

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