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Mental Health Week 2024 celebrates the healing power of compassion

From May 6 – 12 CMHA branches and divisions across Canada will recognize Mental Health Week.

Mental Health Week is an education and social change campaign that helps promote behaviours and attitudes that foster well-being, support good mental health and create a culture of understanding and acceptance.

The theme for Mental Health Week 2024 is Healing through Compassion. 

Many confuse compassion with empathy. 

Empathy characterizes our ability to imagine ourselves in someone else’s shoes and experience another person’s emotions, while compassion is the desire to help others and ease their suffering through action. 

Compassion is an innate human quality that all human beings are born with. Everyone is capable of compassion. 

But that doesn’t mean that your reserves don’t occasionally run low. 

Life, with its natural ebbs and flows, is inevitably punctuated by challenges, which can lead to emotional pain and suffering at one time or another. Sometimes, these experiences can stand in the way of our natural compassion, making it more challenging to offer empathy or to be kind. 

Think about it: it’s not always easy to feel compassion for others when we’re struggling ourselves. 

Fortunately, it’s possible to strengthen your sense of compassion with practice, and cultivating compassion for yourself and others has proven mental health benefits.

Whether directed inward or outward, practicing compassion enhances our mental health.

Join us from May 6 to 12, 2024 to explore the healing power of compassion and how it connects us all.

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Sources: Verywellmind, Wtherapy

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