This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and there are a number of events planned in and around Weyburn to commemorate the week. This includes the annual Mayor’s luncheon, the used book sale, and the call for the community to put out the green door hangers that were distributed last week.
This year, the theme of the week is Empathy.
“We’re really asking people to get loud about how to help,” explained Tasha Collins, the program director for the Weyburn branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. “Really, when times are tough, we need to be there for each other; we need to practice empathy.”
The Mayor’s luncheon this year will feature guest speaker “Lauren Cole, who resides in Montmartre. She will be sharing her own mental health journey with those in attendance as well as some tools that have helped her. The luncheon will also feature a performance by a vocal ensemble.
The used book sale will be making a return, after not taking place over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The book sale will be held at Blue Earth Environmental on 3rd Street. The sale will be held on May 4th and 5th.
One of the big parts of this year’s week is the door hangers that were distributed to homes across Weyburn last week. The door hangers, an initiative with the Weyburn Police Service, have a list of mental health resources on them that are available in the community. Residents are asked to show their support for the messages behind Mental Health Week by putting the hangers on their doors over the next week.