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CMHA Waterloo Wellington Commemorates Mental Illness Awareness Week

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The first week of October brings with it the reminder that millions of Canadians live with mental illnesses every day. Oct 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).

MIAW is an annual national public education campaign coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). CAMIMH’s mandate is to ensure that mental illness and mental health are placed on the national agenda so that Canadians receive appropriate access to care and support. CMHA is an active member of CAMIMH and is proud to support its annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign during MIAW.

This year’s MIAW encourages Canadians to spread awareness and reduce all forms of stigma around mental illness by sharing their personal stories and joining the conversation online using the hashtag #MIAW18. As mental illness directly and indirectly affects more than six million people across the country, the campaign encourages Canadians to engage in a discussion on the need to end societal stigmatization of mental illness and call for increased access to mental health services for all Canadians.

CMHA Waterloo Wellington offers many programs and services including Counselling and Treatment, Psychiatry, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Flexible Assertive Community Treatment Team, Eating Disorder.  If you would like to connect with services immediately, or are not sure what you need, please call Here 24/7 at 1-844-437-3247 (HERE-247), TTY: 1-877-688-5501, or visit www.here247.ca.

For more information on mental health and mental illness, visit the CMHA Waterloo Wellington’s program page.

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