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Humanity Auxilium reflects on World Mental Health Day 2020

Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. It is an important day to reflect on the importance of our mental health and how we can do better for our own mental health and advocate for the mental well-being of others, especially in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic — as so many people have been negatively affected by the events of this year.

Talking about mental health

During a year where there has been so much uncertainty, it is important to remember the importance of talking about mental health and seeking help if needed.

Humanity Auxilium founder, Dr. Fozia Alvi, a family physician residing in Calgary, Alberta says mental health used to be a “taboo subject in society and for many people still is — something not to be spoken about or shared.

“Not anymore,” she says, adding it is becoming more accepted for people to share their experiences with mental health.

Alvi says mental health affects us all and is closely tied to our physical health.

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood,” says Alvi.

At Humanity Auxilium, we work hard to improve the lives of others the best we can, which includes providing resources for both physical and mental health. On World Mental Health Day, we will think further about how we can use our time and resources to further incorporate mental health into our current and upcoming projects.


If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, please seek help. There are many resources available in Canada here.



We are a non-profit organization based in Calgary, AB with board members from across North America. Humanity Auxilium works to improve living conditions in 3 fields — Education, Health, and Relief, especially for those displaced in refugee camps around the world.

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