CMHA Mental Health Week started in 1951 to raise awareness for mental health week in Canada. It is held during the first week of May. Our provincial offices and branches hold Mental Health Week events and activities in hundreds of community locations across the country. It is our opportunity to offer millions of Canadians practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health.
Every year, CMHA selects a specific mental health-related issue to focus on during CMHA Mental Health Week. This year, as part of our Sick of Waiting: Get Loud for Mental Health campaign, we are paying special attention to long waits – the long wait to see a mental health professional, and the long wait for improvements to the mental health system in Canada.
During CMHA Mental Health Week, we also encourage all Canadians to reflect on their own attitudes toward mental health. Reducing discrimination and stigma is paramount, so that people no longer feel shame due to a mental illness and will no longer wait to seek the support and help they need.
How can you #GETLOUD for mental health? We’ve got five ways you can join us: