Northern Lights College holding Beyond the Blues event for mental health

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights College will be holding an event heading into the bluer fall and winter months to talk about mental health.

The Beyond the Blues Event will be taking place on October 24th at the Fort St. John NLC campus to help educate the public about  Depression, Anxiety, Risky Drinking and Good Mental Health. This will be the 22nd annual event, which has 85,000 people across BC since 1995.

“October is a ripe time to talk about mental health,” says Sarah Hamid-Balma, Director of Mental Health Promotion for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division and provincial coordinator for Beyond the Blues. “Families are in the thick of school and work schedules and stresses, and daylight changes can affect routines. Beyond the Blues offers an ideal opportunity to work on prevention, catch mental health problems early and connect to local help in a fun and interactive way”.

Held during Mental Illness Awareness Month, Beyond the Blues is an annual awareness day to engage people to learn more about mental health and mental health problems. This year, more than 80 local events will be set up across BC. Participants can take part in activities such as videos, games and adult colouring books to learn more about stress, mood and anxiety problems, effective treatments, supports and self-care.

The events are free, anonymous, confidential and walk-in. Most sites also host presentations and/or health fairs. Anyone is welcome to attend—whether they want to fill out a self-test or not.

To see a list of all events in BC, visit: www.heretohelp.bc.ca/beyond-the-blues