World Mental Health Day—October 10, 2020

World Mental Health Day—October 10, 2020

While we make mental health and wellness a priority every day at the Calgary MFRC, we want to take a moment to discuss the importance of World Mental Health Day. October 10th has been set aside for people to openly discuss mental health and to take a moment to think about their own experiences.

This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access. This year, the focus is on making sure that people who want help are able to access it. This can mean going to therapy or even joining in on workshops at your local Calgary MFRC.

Even before the worldwide pandemic hit us, we were already facing a challenging mental health landscape with mental health conditions on the rise across the globe. About 450 million people live with mental disorders that are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide (WHO’s World Health Report, 2001).

Looking at mental health from a closer perspective, being part of a military family has its own mental health challenges including anxieties around separations relocations and Operational Stress Injuries.

The Message from the Surgeon General (Video)

“Mental health is such an important part of human life. We take it for granted when all is going well, but every aspect of life can be impacted, both at home and at work, when someone is living with significant stress or mental illness.

Recognizing when you, or someone else, needs help is the first important step. Reaching out for support, perhaps by speaking to a friend or colleague, can really make a difference. You could contact your health care provider or make use of resources such as CFMAP (if you are military) or EAP (if you are a public servant).

The decision to ask for help can be incredibly difficult for some people, but this and the journey to recovery can be much easier if others are understanding, supportive and positive. As a Defence team we owe it to each other to make a difference in the lives of people around us who are struggling with mental health problems.

If you need help, ask for it. If you know someone else who needs help, treat them with kindness and compassion, and encourage them to get the care that they need.”

How you can help if someone you love is suffering right now?

As part of the Calgary MFRC you have access to this free program called Crisis Response Virtual Training—Caring for Others. This valuable course will focus on how to create a safe space to have conversations about mental health and/or substance use problems. It is offered over several different days and time options throughout October.

This training prepares participants to have conversations confidently about mental health during a crisis, with their family, friends, communities, and workplaces. Participants will also be taught the skills required to respond to a mental health crisis until professional help arrives. For more information and the link to register, please contact Shelagh Cox at

The MFRC Mental Health Resources

Did you know many health benefits pay for counselling services? As a CAF family you have access to the Member Assistance Program (CFMAP) and Family Information Line (FIL). However, sometimes the concerns in our life will take more than six one-hour sessions to sort out. That's where the Calgary MFRC can help. If you have exhausted all your resources and would like to continue seeing your counsellor or therapist, we might be able to help.

For more information on the counselling subsidy or on how to find the right therapist please contact Shelagh Cox at We also have a variety of mental health resources available on our website at