When we seek support for our mental health we often turn to those in our lives who make us feel safe: mothers, daughters, grandmothers, or friends – women take on all of these titles as well as the often-overlooked role of caregiver
. As important as it is to derive strength and support from these women, it is equally important that every woman recognizes the importance of self-care.
The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM) has long recognized the strength that caregivers, the majority of whom are women, demonstrate every day while supporting the mental health of those around them. We understand the importance of their role and the importance of supporting their own
mental health. Ensuring women everywhere, whether in a caregiving role or not, have the support and skills they need to find strength in their true selves is vital to bettering mental health for all.
IAM is a national, non-profit organization fuelled by the goal of connecting mental health innovation and services in order to generate change across Canada. IAM fosters innovation by designing programs and delivering services with and for people experiencing mental health needs, with or without a diagnosis, and their support circles to improve quality of life. Offering a multitude of support services, from one-to-one support and educational workshops, IAM supports the whole person – not just the presence of symptoms.
To help every woman fully embrace and live their truth, IAM has partnered with the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) who will donate 100 percent of new WXN memberships registered this year to support our work – with the goal of raising $100,000 throughout the year.
WXN is a leading North American organization dedicated to meaningfully propelling and celebrating the advancement of women at all levels. We believe in the power of community collaboration and partnership when driving change for improving women’s mental health. That’s why we’re teaming up with WXN this year to highlight the importance of supporting women’s mental health.
Women’s mental health matters more than ever. Current research shows 24 percent of Canadian women have been diagnosed with anxiety and 25 percent have been diagnosed with depression (compared to 17 percent and 19 percent of males, respectively). Women are also more likely to report that mental health affects their ability to function in day-to-day life. And women’s mental health matters to IAM. IAM CEO Mary Alberti believes that in a world where women everywhere are illustrating what is means to be strong, it is vital that we nurture our own well-being, allowing ourselves to be transparent about our mental health experiences.
Often, women living with mental health challenges and their caregivers are forced to abandon their goals and ambitions. At IAM, we believe that being open and vulnerable about mental health should not impede anyone’s ability to reach their goals. Our one-to-one support line and educational workshops focus on providing practical skills that caregivers and those living with mental health challenges can apply to their lives to foster success and resilience.
You can show your support for IAM and women everywhere, who need to be reminded of their strength, by donating to directly to IAM today or through WXN. Click
here to learn more about the WXN-IAM partnership and how you can help us create better solutions for better mental health.