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), and CMHA Thunder Bay will commemorate the week by exploring the value of the arts in community healing for our people. Individuals, youths from all cultures or ethnic background are encouraged to attend Past These Struggles (P.T.S.D) Deciphered Workshop with social ARTreprenuer Jermaine Henry on October 5th at the Victoria Inn from 7 pm to 9 pm. Through music and discussion, this workshop will uplift and inspire hope to many struggling with their mental health and facing racism.
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 join the conversation about mental illness online using the hashtag #miaw17. As mental illness affects more than six million people across the country, the campaign encourages Canadians to share personal stories and engage in a discussion regarding the need for increased access to mental health services for all Canadians. CMHA Thunder Bay offers a range of programs and services, from support services to training workshops and crisis intervention.
For more information on mental health and mental illness, visit the CMHA Thunder Bay program page. http://thunderbay.cmha.ca/programs-services