Help stop stigma
The Canadian Mental Health Association introduced Mental Health Week (MHW) in 1951 to raise awareness of mental illness. MHW today offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness. It also provides an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on our attitudes and behaviours
toward people living with mental health issues because we all need to work to reduce the discrimination and stigma associated with mental health problems.
This year, the CMHA is launching its Be Mind Full initiative. They are asking Canadians to tell them how they really feel. Are you fine or phine? Too often people claim to be feeling fine when they do not. The result: approximately seven million Canadians — 20 percent of the population — live with mental illness.
Many do not seek treatment because of the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems.
Information from www.cmha.ca