Anxiety Canada supported Mental Health Week this year, by selecting one anxiety-related topic each day to discuss. Throughout the week, we shared articles, information, and resources on the daily subject matter with our audiences, with the goal of encouraging others to talk about mental health and anxiety. In case you missed it, we’ve included links to our posts below.

Monday, May 1st – Anxiety in the Workplace

  • The economic impact of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year. How does mental health impact the bottom line and what are 5 things you can do to help manage your workplace anxiety.
  • Feeling overwhelmed at work? Take five minutes out of your day to get back on track. Check out our audio library – we have calm breathing and mindfulness exercises, and if you are in need of a confidence boost, we have short audio clips that focus on social anxiety, test anxiety and public speaking.

Tuesday, May 2nd – Art Therapy and Anxiety

  • Last year, Anxiety Canada held a Writing and Multimedia Contest and invited local artists to say something about anxiety. These talented contest winners caught our eye with their creativity and honesty.
  •  Listen to Parker Street Studios artist, Laurel Swenson on Roundhouse Radio this morning talking about the Parker Art Salon, Anxiety Canada, and how art benefited her during her struggle with anxiety.

Wednesday, May 3rd – Maternal Mental Health Day – Anxiety During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

  • Did you know that an estimated 1 out of every 6 women and 1 out of every 10 men experiences depression or anxiety after the birth or adoption of a child? This is referred to as postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD/A).
  • On Maternal Mental Health Day, it’s important to know that many new moms feel it’s less coochie coos & more anxiety & blues. Dr. Melanie Badali writes about Perinatal Anxiety

Thursday, May 4th – Hoarding Disorder

  • The Facts about Hoarding Disorder. Hoarding occurs in 2-6% of children and adults during their lifetime, with the average age of onset in late childhood and early adolescence. Find out the common features that present in Hoarding Disorder –

Friday, May 5th – Social Anxiety

  • Social anxiety disorder is equally common among men and women, and one of the most common anxiety disorders to go unreported, social anxiety is estimated to significantly impact 1 in 6 Canadians. In our latest blog post, Anxiety Canada volunteer and consultant, Shab, discusses her experience with social anxiety with us.
  •  Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders. People with social anxiety disorder tend to feel quite nervous or uncomfortable in social situations. They are very concerned that they will do something embarrassing or humiliating, or that others will think badly of them. These individuals are very self-conscious and constantly feel “on stage.” If you or someone you know needs support for social anxiety, we have resources on our website, for:

Saturday, May 6th – Men’s Anxiety

  • “Boys aren’t supposed to cry. Boys are dangerous when they rage. Boys aren’t supposed to be in touch with their feelings.Humor, though, is safe. The repeated culture message is to deflect any real male emotion (other than rage) with humor.”
  •  Have you taken HeadsUpGuys Self Check? The Self Check depression screening tool reflects some of the symptoms that are often reported by men.

Sunday, May 7th –  National Child and Youth Mental Health Day – Child Anxiety

  • It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them. Today, let’s open the conversation about our children’s mental health. If you need resources to support your child who is struggling with anxiety, we have a section for children and parents on our website.
  •  My Anxiety Plan (M.A.P.) for children is a free online anxiety management toolkit and step-by-step guide for parents of children with anxiety.