October 1, 2017 to October 7, 2017
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Mental Illness Awareness Week 2017
October 1st – 7th 2017
“Mental Health: Take Action Now!”
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign that takes place during the first week in October and is designed to help open the eyes of Canadian in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). The Canadian Mental Health Association is one of the largest supporters of MIAW. One of MIAW’s major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national outreach campaign featuring the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the campaign and as of 2012 the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo proclaimed the week from October 1st to October 7th, 2017 as Mental Illness Awareness Week.
CMHA is in partnership with SOS and AHS to promote, educate and raise awareness to decrease the stigma that surrounds mental illness. We will be engaging with the public through a variety of events and activities throughout the week, such as: the annual walk for mental illness, a cooking class learning how to cook for your mental health, community education and awareness presentations and bake sale with proceeds being donated to United Way Fort McMurray. . Please contact Jasmeen Toor for more information on MIAW events and to register.
Please like our Facebook Page: Canadian Mental Health Association – Wood Buffalo Region, for more details on MIAW.
One in five Canadians will develop a mental illness; Four in five can make a difference!