If thereâ€™s ever been a time when itâ€™s ok to not be ok, the time is now. Weâ€™re all dealing with various levels of stress, anxiety and uncertainty. Itâ€™s time to shine a spotlight on mental health and to actively get involved in ways to support mental wellness.
Almost seven million Canadians experience a mental illness every year, according to Canadaâ€™s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). That number means that every Canadian is impacted, either directly or indirectly, by mental illness: either you or someone you know well, is living with a mental illness.
In light of this â€œunseenâ€ epidemic, Canadaâ€™s leading digital imaging retailer and fourth-generation family-owned business, Henryâ€™s, is putting mental health into focus with the Henryâ€™s Foundation. The Henryâ€™s Foundation is a Canadian Registered Charity created to support the millions of Canadians who live with mental illness.
â€œWe are focusing on improving mental health for all Canadians and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. Our goal is to make a long-lasting impact and unify support for mental health initiatives across the country.â€ says Amy Stein, Executive Director of the Henryâ€™s Foundation.
To this end, the Henryâ€™s Foundation has created partnerships with six organizations who are leaders in the field of mental health in Canada. Through donations made to these organizations, Henryâ€™s Foundation helps to support the important work and outreach efforts being made from coast to coast, assisting those in need with services and funding research initiatives.
Another way Henryâ€™s Foundation is putting mental health into focus is through their #Uncapturedmoments campaignâ€”an initiative that invites people to share photographs of some of their less glamorous, more everyday moments in their lives.
â€œThe pandemic has given us a greater appreciation of our vulnerabilities and our need to work together,â€ says Amy Stein. â€œWe so often see people posting only their best moments on social media, which is not always an accurate reflection of their lives.â€ But there is so much going on in the background. The Henryâ€™s Foundation is encouraging people to share their #Uncapturedmoments and to help foster a community where there is no longer a stigma surrounding mental illness.
Thatâ€™s why the Henryâ€™s Foundation is encouraging the communityâ€”people like youâ€”to upload and share photos that show what mental health means to them using the hashtag #Uncapturedmoments. Photos can be uploaded on henrysfoundation.com or by tagging #Uncapturedmoments on Instagram. A selection of images will be posted on the Henryâ€™s Foundation Moments webpage.
Itâ€™s ok to not be ok.