November can be a depressing month for a lot of Canadians. It’s starting to get cold outside and the first snow has already fallen in many parts of the country. The days are getting shorter—and most of us also had to turn our clocks back this past weekend, reducing the amount of daylight even more.
All of this can make November pretty gloomy. In fact, for many people, less exposure to sunlight can increase feelings of depression—what’s known as seasonal affective disorder. Added to all of this is the stress and anxiety many people are dealing with because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
But Operation Lifesaver wants to remind anyone who is struggling with their mental health that they’re not alone. Help is out there.
Providing hope to those who are struggling
In June 2021, OL launched its Today is Better
campaign—11 poignant videos (six English and five French) featuring the personal stories of Canadians who’ve experienced mental health challenges and suicidal thoughts, but found help. Each video offers hope for anyone experiencing thoughts of suicide. OL will be launching additional campaign videos in the coming weeks.
“The people who shared their stories are proof that no matter how dark life can feel at times, it can get better,” says Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada. “These stories send an important message to those facing mental health challenges—that you don’t have to face them alone.”
Getting help is just a phone call away
OL partnered with Talk Suicide Canada
and the Association québécoise de prévention du suicide
to develop the Today is Better campaign, with the hope that those struggling will reach out and ask for the help they need.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, find someone to talk to, whether it’s a family member, a friend, or a health professional. Or call 1-833-456-4566 or 1-866-APPELLE (in Quebec)
—a trained responder is ready to listen, anytime, day or night.
To hear inspiring stories of real Canadians who’ve reached out for help, visit todayisbetter.ca.
Because you don’t have to struggle alone.