Opinion: Play heals, so let’s embrace creativity to mark World Mental Health Day – Edmonton Journal

October 11, 2016

Monday marked World Mental Health Day, an initiative with goals of education, awareness and advocacy. The theme this year was “psychological first aid” to support people in distress.

Society has come a long way from nearsighted solutions, which blame distressed victims.

Life can get messy. The music can get too loud. You can stagger and fall on marshmallow cement. While mental health is more than an absence of mental illness, problems are monumental. There is trauma, neglect, depression, abuse, addictions, stress, dementia, heartache, bereavement and still more problems caused by structural inequalities like poverty, violence, homelessness, hunger and discrimination.

But there also are ways of working towards mental health using creativity and play.

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