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What is mental health really?
May 2, 2018
Manitobans are “getting loud” about what mental health really is.
This year, Mental Health Week runs from May 7-13. For all 67 years, we have been working hard to end the stigma related to mental illness.
But this year we are going deeper.
1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health illness or challenge every year. But all 5 in 5 of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health.
“We sometimes use the terms “mental health” and “mental illness” interchangeably. But being mentally well is not the absence of illness – in fact, mental health is something we all need to promote, protect and celebrate”, said Marion Cooper, Executive Director, CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg.
Monday May 7
Navigating CMHA Services
People often don’t know where to turn when they or loved ones are struggling with a mental health problem. The new CMHA Service Navigation Hub provides supports, information, education and guidance to individuals, family members, caregivers and other service providers to better understand and navigate the mental health and addictions system. The Service Navigation Hub launches on Monday. Drop in for a free copy of the newly enhanced Mental Health Resources for Winnipeg Guide.
Tuesday May 8
Ride Don’t Hide! Presented by CN
Tuesday is the day to kick start your campaign and register for Ride Don’t Hide, taking place across the country on June 24. Manitobans will join thousands of Canadians in the country’s largest bike ride to support mental health. These riders aren’t hiding. They are riding in plain sight to put an end to the stigma of mental illness. They are also riding to raise funds for mental health programs and services right here in our community. The Ride Don’t Hide cardboard cut-out bike will travel to various points of Winnipeg on Tuesday for #RDHWPG selfies to promote your Ride Don’t Hide! campaign.
Wednesday May 9
Workplace-based mental health promotion
Mental Health problems and Illnesses are the leading cause of short-term and long-term disability leaves from work. CMHA offers services to organizations to develop and maintain healthy work environments that promote good mental health. Organizations that have completed CMHA’s newly developed Management Awareness and Response Training will be on hand to talk about the importance and the benefits.
Thursday May 10
School-based mental health promotion
CMHA is working in schools across Manitoba to promote mental health learning and reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems and illnesses. Speak Up (formerly MILE 5) is a 5-day classroom based program which provides mental health literacy aimed at middle years students. Youth mental health workers, school staff and students will be available to talk about the impact the Speak Up mental health literacy program has on students and in schools.
Friday May 11
100 Years of Canadian Mental Health Association
Join us at our agency open house to hear about our new, enhanced and innovate programs and services. As we celebrate100 years of community, we reflect on our rich history and exciting opportunities on the horizon. Learn about our new Recovery and Well-being Learning Centre. Staff will be available to provide tours throughout the open house. 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, 930 Portage Avenue. Speakers start at 11:30 am.
From May 7-13, 2018, mentalhealthweek.ca is the go-to site to #Get Loud about what mental health really is. CMHA suggests ways to tune into our mental health and offers tools to make it easy for Canadians to #GetLoud on social media.
CMHA Mental Health Week was introduced in 1951 and has since become a Canadian tradition.
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