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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 01
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is International Mental Health Awareness Month. 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from a mental health condition, but 5 in 5 are affected by mental health. This month, we come together to give voices to those who aren’t able to speak up and start conversations to break down the barriers of mental health.
Here are some of the events and resources available across Canada and the US for mental health:
CMHA: Mental Health week – May 7 to 13, 2018: It’s more than being happy all the time. It’s about feeling good about who you are, having balance in your life, and managing life’s highs and lows. Everyone deserves to feel well, whatever their mental health experience. And we all need a support system to lean on.
https://mentalhealthweek.ca/
 
Mental Health Month 2018 – Toolkit:  You can download the various components of the May is Mental Health Month toolkit below. These materials have been designed for desktop printing. If you need files that can be sent to a professional printer, please email Danielle Fritze, Senior Director of Public Education and Visual Communications.
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/mental-health-month-2018-toolkit-download
 
National Prevention Week: Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will be from May 13 to 19, 2018. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The theme for NPW 2018 is: Action Today. Healthier Tomorrow.
https://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week
 
Mental Health is Health Campaign, CAMH: It’s time we said no more discrimination, no more ignorance, and no more funding gaps. It’s time for every Canadian to rally together to ensure mental illness gets the same priority as any other illness.
https://www.camh.ca/en/driving-change/mental-health-is-health

Kathleen Qu, M.Sc

Kathleen Qu is the Product Manager of FeelingBetterNow. She has a background in global health and policy research. She is an advocate in breaking down barriers for mental health access.