#ygkChallenge: Let’s Talk

ygkchallenge, mental health, Bell Let's Talk, Suicide Prevention Week, Kingston, OntarioThe #ygkchallenge is an ongoing series where we dare you to be different, resolve to be better, and or do something awesome in support of our beloved community. Each week, Kingstonist establishes a new, ambitious or quirky goal, encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston (and the world) a slightly better place to live, work and play.

This week’s #ygkchallenge encourages you to:

Talk about Mental Health. Mental health is a serious public health issue that affects us all. Thankfully, awareness of mental health issues is increasing everyday, but there is still work to be done. There is still a stigma attached to most mental health issues, which only leads to us sweeping them under the carpet. This Saturday is World Suicide Prevention Day and September 2010 marked the beginning of Bell’s Let’s Talk campaign, which has made great strides towards opening up the conversation around mental health and how we can help ourselves and those around us. So, this week we challenge you to take a few minutes to learn more about mental health, how to cope and how to help. The Let’s Talk and The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention websites are terrific resources, or just follow #bellletstalk on Twitter. Let’s keep the conversation going, let’s get educated and let’s take good care of each other.

With some kids already back in the classroom and the remainder set to return next week, summer 2016 will soon be over. Although the long weekend is fast approaching, there’s still ample time to peek at that bucket list and knock off a few things. It’s time to take stock of what’s most important to us, be it excitement, rest and relaxation, completing an overdue project or spending time with the people who mean the most to us. Make your plan to make the most of these final days of summer. Tell us (with a comment below) what you’re aiming to cross off on your bucket list in the coming days.

Join us in completing this week’s #ygkchallenge by liking it on Facebook and/or re-Tweeting it on Twitter. By liking and sharing, you’re not only committing to doing something great, but you’re also helping us spread the word and hopefully encouraging others to participate.

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Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

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