CMHA, Muskoka-Parry Sound Branch commemorates Mental Illness Awareness Week
CMHA, Muskoka-Parry Sound Branch encourages everyone in the community to use Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) (Oct. 1-7) as an opportunity to spread awareness, end stigma, speak openly about mental health, and call for increased access to mental health services.
“Mental illnesses can be treated effectively but we first need to change our attitudes so we can treat our mental health like our physical health,” said CMHA, Muskoka-Parry Sound Executive Director, Diane Brown-Demarco. “By taking those extra steps to raise awareness and overcome stigma and discrimination, we will then be able to feel comfortable reaching out and asking for help.”
“For these reasons, it’s important to use occasions like MIAW to generate discussion about mental health issues”, said Brown-Demarco
MIAW is an annual national public education campaign coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health in cooperation with all its member organizations, including CMHA.
Given that mental illness directly and indirectly affects more than six million people across the country, this year’s MIAW campaign encourages Canadians to spread awareness and reduce societal stigmatization of mental illness. Join the conversation online and share your story to combat stigma using the hashtag #MIAW18.