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This year’s theme for National Mental Health Week is “social connection” as an important protective factor for mental health. CMHA’s campaign encourages us to #GetReal about how we feel. It was developed based on the idea that people in Canada routinely ask each other how they are doing, but it is also common not to provide – or expect to receive – a sincere answer.
Most of us say, “I’m fine,” even if we don’t really mean it. In reality, “fine” keeps us at a distance and prevents us from forming real bonds with others. Every time we respond as a formality, we lose an opportunity to make a meaningful connection with others.
Feeling close to each other means that we can feel a certain social closeness, a connection to others, despite the physical distance. We don’t have to be physically close to maintain a sense of closeness and social support. In these more difficult times, because of the Covid-19, we need more than ever to maintain authentic social bonds.
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