April 12, 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is an annual campaign of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) that is meant to educate Canadians on the issue of mental illness. This year, the 64th MHAW took place during the week of May 4th.

The CMHA states that “mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community”. Mental illnesses can affect people of all ages, including teenagers. To help promote mental well-being, VP students are encouraged to build confidence, self-esteem and resilience by being involved in their communities.

Over the past 64 years, the CHMHA has been successful in hosting informative events and programs for over half a million Canadians during Mental Health Awareness Week. Themes for past campaigns have included youth’s mental health and women’s mental health. This year, the theme was the mental health of men and boys. Several events were hosted all over Canada, including walk-a-thons and art shows.

The Canadian Mental Health Association encourages all individuals to learn and engage in discussions about mental health, as well as attend events hosted during Mental Health Awareness Week to increase understanding regarding the reality of mental illness.

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