As the holidays approach, the New Westminster Police Department is reminding people to keep a pulse on their mental health.
The holiday season is a time of joy, but it’s also a time that can bring stress or, for some, highlight loneliness.
“We’re often good at checking in with family and friends about mental wellness, but let’s not forget to check in with yourself and think about your own mental well-being,” said acting Chief Const. Dave Jansen in a statement. “We need to be checking in not only around the holidays, but throughout the year.”
Police pointed to resources available through the Fraser Health Authority and the Canadian Mental Health Association.
“Of course, the women and men of the New Westminster Police Department are here to offer support if you find yourself in crisis,” Jansen said.
Roughly seven million Canadians live with mental illness, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, and one-in-five Canadians will experience mental health struggles each year.
If you feel you would benefit from speaking to a mental health professional, you can visit the Fraser Health website at www.fraserhealth.ca. If you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency department immediately.