This year, from May 6-12, CMHA is asking all Canadians to “Get Loud” on social media and in their communities, workplaces and schools about what mental health really is, to clear up the difference between “mental health” and “mental illness” and suggest what good mental health looks like.
“So, what is mental health? Simply put, it is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well. We can all feel good about ourselves, whatever life’s ups and downs,” says CEO, Alan Stevenson, CMHA Lambton Kent.
One in five Canadians experiences a mental health illness or problem every year, but all five in five of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. When you look at all the official definitions out there across Canada and around the world, you find that there are six common features of good mental health: a sense of self, a sense of purpose, of belonging, contribution, enjoyment and resilience.
For this year’s Mental Health Week campaign, hosted at www.mentalhealthweek.ca, we created illustrations that reflect the real faces of Canada and describe the six features of good mental health in everyday language:
I don’t worry too much about what people think of me.
I feel like I’m reaching my potential.
I feel like I belong.
I make the world a better place.
I enjoy my life.
Knock me down and I’ll get back up again.
“Can you see yourself in these words? These six lines suggest in simple terms what we all want to have—for ourselves, our families and each other—to feel good,” says CEO, Alan Stevenson, CMHA Lambton Kent.
The following are events and activities taking place during Mental Health Week. Please join us! Mental Health Week Calendar of Activities
For more information about CMHA Mental Health Week, or for information or tools about your own mental health and how to celebrate, protect and promote it, please visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca.
Mental Health Week was introduced by CMHA in 1951 and has since become a Canadian tradition.
About the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and one territory, CMHA provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.