October 10 is World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day falls on the 10th of October every year. Organized by the World Health Organization, the main goal of this day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world.
This year, the theme of World Mental Health Day is "psychological first aid." One of the aims is to focus on helping others learn the basic skills to provide social and psychological support for those in distress. This includes what to say and do, as well as what not to say.

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Canadians share their personal stories about mental health

As part of Mental Health Week at the start of May, we've been posting a few stories of mental health throughout the month. To finish off the month (yes we know it's June already!), please check out these Personal Mental Health Stories from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). We're all affected by mental illness - whether you know it or not - so these stories are important to share, and important to read. Check it out!

Why we need to talk about mental health

We've posted a few different messages about awareness and mental health this month. Most of them had the same theme: talking about mental health. Silence is a big problem with mental illness - we don't talk about this issue as often as we should.

So why will talking about mental health make a difference?

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Jack.org: Transforming how we think about Mental Health

Jack.org is a national network of initiatives and programs with a vision of “No More Silence” on the subject of mental health. This program launched following the 2010 suicide of Jack Windeler. Jack was in his first year at Queen's University at the time. People described him as bright and funny, but he was also struggling with mental illness. And, like many others, he couldn't reach out for help, so he shut the world out.

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May 2-8 is Mental Health Week in Canada

CMHA Logo EN 80x2651This week (May 2-8) is Mental Health Week in Canada. This is a week dedicated to awareness and support for mental health. Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the intention of this event is to promote positive mental health. This includes working to stop the discrimination and stigma that often accompanies mental illness.

So what does that mean for you?

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