Mental Health Week: A Call to Be Kind

Mental Health Week, May 6 to 12, is an annual campaign of social transformation. Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), it aims to change attitudes and perceptions about mental health. The theme for 2024 is “The Healing Power of Compassion”.

We all have the capacity to be compassionate, and we know that doing so can make an enormous difference. This year’s Mental Health Week is centered on the healing power of compassion. In a world plagued by suffering, we emphasize that kindness is equally intrinsic to our humanity.

What is compassion? What are the benefits of compassion? The Canadian Mental Health Association offers these reasons to improve our mental health:

  • Compassion means meeting suffering, one’s own or that of others, with kindness.
  • Practicing compassion and self-compassion improves mental health.
  • Compassion is a skill that can be learned and practiced. It is an essential skill for building an equitable society.

    Sutton’s Generations Party: an opportunity for kindness and compassion

    The Generations Party, to be held this Friday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Sutton School, is a community event of sharing and caring that fits in perfectly with Mental Health Week’s focus on compassion. Indeed, as defined by the CMHA, compassion means recognizing that we have something in common with others, regardless of our social or individual identity. It’s about building trust, strengthening relationships and cultivating a sense of community.

    Check out the long list of entertainment activities offered during the Generations Party!

    Let’s get together in a spirit of kindness at the Generations Party!