Get ready to use your outside voice, because we’re about to GET LOUD for mental health!
May 6-12 marks the 68th Annual CMHA Mental Health Week, and this year we’re getting loud about what mental health really is.
So, what is mental health? Simply put, it is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel good about ourselves, whatever life’s ups and downs.
To create mentally healthy communities, we need adequate housing, employment, psychologically safe workplaces, and financial security. We need counseling and psychotherapy, community-based interventions and social supports in place. Children need school curriculum and school supports that can help prevent mental illness. With the right supports in place, we can be well, stay well and get out in front of illness. This is called “mental health promotion” and it happens in schools, at work, at home and in communities.
Mental health promotion and illness prevention can help prevent Canadians from ending up in Emergency Departments and hospital beds. It’s never too late, or too early, to start promoting mental health.
Click here to learn about Mental Health Week 2019 and to download your toolkit.
- Get sharables and other communications materials to #GetLoud on social media and help spread the word.
- Access the new Mental Health Week School Toolkit for resources and activities to help you bring Mental Health Week into your classroom.