CMHA introduced Mental Health Week (MHW) in 1951 to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada. Held during the first full week in May, MHW is now a popular awareness week. Our provincial offices and branches, for instance, hold MHW events and activities in hundreds of community locations across Canada. MHW offers millions of Canadians practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health.
And every year, CMHA selects a specific group of Canadians to focus on during MHW. This year, we are paying special attention to the mental health of older Canadians because seniors are a vulnerable and under-treated group.
During MHW, CMHA also encourages all Canadians to reflect on their own attitudes towards people living with mental health issues. Reducing discrimination and stigma is paramount, so that people with mental health issues no longer feel shame due to mental illness and will no longer think twice about getting the support and help they need.
At CMHA, we’re proud to be the organization that started this tradition. And we’re proud that Canadians have embraced it.
GET LOUD for MENTAL HEALTH
We are asking Canadians again this year to join us to GET LOUD for Mental Health. “Getting loud”
means speaking up to stop the discrimination and the stigma that often go hand in hand with mental
illness. It means taking action and using your voice to raise awareness and build support. For
someone at work. For someone at home. For yourself.
How can you GET LOUD for mental health? Just by downloading this toolkit, you are on your
way to getting loud for Mental Health Week. We are hoping you’ll GET LOUD – as loud as you
can – and we’re hoping you’ll tell us how!
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