Mental Illness Awareness Week
Mental Illness Awareness Week
October 1st-7th is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW); an annual campaign that sets out to raise awareness towards the reality of mental health struggles. It’s time to join the conversation and help spread awareness! #MIAW18

Join the Conversation!

 

October 1st-7th is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW): an annual campaign that sets out to raise awareness towards the reality of mental health struggles.

 

Did you know there are more than 200 classified types of mental illnesses?  Or that by the age of 40, 50% of the Canadian population will have or have had a mental illness? 5% of which being anxiety disorders, causing mild to severe impairment. This number is likely highly underestimated too, as 49% of those who believe they have depression or anxiety have never actually gone to see a doctor about it.

 

Why do you think that is? Perhaps the stigma or discrimination that unwillingly comes along with mental illnesses has something to do with it?  It's campaigns such as these that try and break these barriers.

 

Why should there even be a stigma? There is nothing to be ashamed of to say you have a mental illness.

 

Youth all around the world are suffering in silence and it is time to do something about it.

 

Not convinced? Check out some of these staggering statistics:

  • Mental disorders are the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada, next to injuries
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds
  • 3.2 million people between the ages of 12-19 are at risk for developing depression

 

It’s time to join the conversation and help spread awareness! #MIAW18

 

To learn more, check out:

https://cmha.ca/news/mental-illness-awareness-week-oct-1-7

https://cmha.ca/about-cmha/fast-facts-about-mental-illness

 


Reference:

Mental Health Commission of Canada (2013). Making the case for investing in mental health in Canada.

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