Mental health has become an important topic of discussion as Albertans and all Canadians adapt to the massive changes in our lives brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have learned that there are things we can all do to foster good mental health. We can stay in contact with friends and family. We can get in a little activity every day, particularly outside in the spring air and sunshine. We can also reach out to the many help and crisis lines that stand ready to care for us if we are struggling. This is particularly important, and it’s something that we should never hesitate to do.
No one is alone in this troubling time and the days of hiding a mental health concern for fear of being judged are long gone. Today, we know that mental health is simply a part of a person’s overall well-being. If there’s a problem, there are things we can do to get better. You can learn more at https://mentalhealthweek.ca.
As Her Majesty the Queen’s representative in Alberta, I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all of our dedicated mental health care professionals for your essential service. To those who are living with a mental illness or addiction, I wish you healing as you travel the path to recovery.
Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta