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The RCEA joins with the Canadian Mental Health Association to recognize the 71st annual CMHA Mental Health Week, May 2-8, 2022.

The campaign theme this year is Empathy. Empathy is the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in their situation. It’s a simple concept, but it may be the very thing we humans need most.

Being able to put ourselves in other people’s shoes is a core part of what makes us human. Empathy strengthens our relationships at home, in the workplace, and in our broader community and helps us connect with people.

After two years, the pandemic has weighed us down in so many ways. It’s been stressful, isolating, and emotionally exhausting. Practicing empathy is one way to support each another through these trying times and come out more resilient on the other side.

If you or someone you love is struggling, there is hope and help:

Remember that if you are in distress, you can contact at anytime your Employee Assistance Program (by phone at 1-800-268-7708 or by TTY at 1-800-567-5803) or nearest crisis centre. If it’s an emergency call, please dial 9-1-1.