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CMHA Manitoba & Winnipeg celebrates Mental Health Week from May 6-12
2019 campaign highlights workplace training and mental health promotion
Winnipeg, MB (May 6, 2019) – The Canadian Mental Health Association launches its 68th annual Mental Health Week today with communities participating across the country from May 6 to 12. This year, CMHA is asking Canadians to “Get Loud” about mental health in workplaces, schools, communities and on social media (#GetLoud). While one in five Canadians live with mental illness, five in five have mental health.
Many Canadians confuse the terms mental health and mental illness using them interchangeably. This confusion contributes to the stigma of mental illness, it divides people into those who experience mental illness and those who don’t.
“When people understand that mental health is something we all have, they realize that mental health is everyone’s issue and we all benefit from promoting the role that good mental health plays in living a full and meaningful life,” says Marion Cooper, Executive Director of CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg.
The promotion of mental health is critical in places where many Canadians spend the majority of their time: children in schools and adults in the workplace. Workplaces play an important role in supporting the mental health of their employees. CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg provides programming to help organizations become environments where employees’ mental health is protected and promoted.
Ela Partyka, CMHA Manager of Workplace Mental Health Solutions says “CMHA has the skills and expertise to help employers of any size make this a reality in their organization. Our suite of workplace solutions includes education for staff and leadership, training, organizational assessment and tailored consulting services to fit your unique needs.”
Partyka and her team engages with various organizations across many industries to promote mental well-being, educate, train and consult on the National Psychological Health and Safety Standard.
SAFE Work Manitoba, Canadian Canola Growers Association, and Steinbach Credit Union have partnered with CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg to bring Workplace Mental Health into their organizations and beyond. Partyka says “workplaces across Manitoba are beginning to recognize psychological health and safety as important as other health and safety issues in workplaces.”
For more information about CMHA Mental Health Week and how to celebrate, protect and promote it, please visit mentalhealthweek.ca.
@CMHAmbwpg #GetLoud #MentalHealthWeek
Download the Mental Health Week Resources and Fact Sheets here
About the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and one territory, CMHA provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.
For more information, please contact
Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba & Winnipeg