Let’s #GetLoud about what mental health really is during the 67th Canadian Mental Health Association’s annual Mental Health Week, May 7-13, 2018. Each May, Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces and the House of Commons rally around CMHA Mental Health Week. CMHA Mental Health Week raises awareness about the importance of mental health.

Mental health is about more than mental illness. One in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. But the reality is, five in five of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health.

Mental health is about 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.

“We encourage everyone in our community to take action during Mental Health Week to raise awareness about mental health. We all have mental health and have faced challenges from time to time. It is important for those facing challenges and need help to know they are not alone and it is ok to ask for help. During Mental Health Week we aim to spread this message throughout our community,” said Julia Payson, CMHA Executive Director.

Local Events

CMHA Vernon in partnership with Mental Illness Family Support Centre is hosting a Block Party on May 10th. At CMHA Vernon (3100 28th Ave) from 11am-2pm there will be live music and prizes. This is a great opportunity to come out to support mental health in our community.

CMHA is also hosting Mixing it Up for Mental Health on Saturday, May 12th from 6pm-9pm at Duralli Villa. The evening features live music, drinks and appetizers and a silent auction. All funds raised to support youth mental health programs and services in our community. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.mixingitup.ca

Get involved

  • Visit mentalhealthweek.ca for info and tools about CMHA Mental Health Week.
  • At the site you can SHARE communications materials, WRITE your local MP or DONATE to support CMHA programs and initiatives.
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