The second week of October brings with it the reminder that millions of Canadians live with mental illnesses every day. Oct 6-12 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), and CMHA Thunder Bay will commemorate the week by hosting a free workshop on Thursday, October 10 from 7 to 9pm for parents who want to change the conversation with their teen to better understand their intense emotions and by help improving their well-being.
The evening of inspirational learning and will help parents find out how to effectively support their teen in managing difficult emotions and building healthier relationships in a family. The workshop is presented in partnership with Sullivan Associates and Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch
Register by calling 345-5564 or visit www.thunderbay.cmha.ca for more information
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 spread awareness and reduce all forms of stigma around mental illness by sharing their personal stories and joining the conversation online using the hashtag #MIAW19. As mental illness directly and indirectly affects more than six million people across the country, the campaign encourages Canadians to engage in a discussion on the need to end societal stigmatization of mental illness and call for increased access to mental health services for all Canadians.
CMHA Thunder Bay Branch offers mobile crisis response, crisis support residence, and 24/7 telephone services to both youth and adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
Some situations affecting an individual that could trigger a crisis are:
- the onset or recurrence of symptoms related to a mental illness;
- difficulties with the use of alcohol, drugs or other substances;
- challenges in your relationships with others;
- a significant life change or traumatic event;
- feeling alone and isolated;
- loss of housing;
- the loss of a loved one and associated grief;
- racing thoughts that just won’t stop;
- suicidal ideas and thoughts or the development of a concrete plan to end your life.
If you or someone you know, is experiencing a crisis, please call. We are here to help!
Eligibility: All Ages
Thunder Bay: 807-346-8282
District / Toll-Free: 1-888-269-3100
For more information on mental health and mental illness, visit the CMHA Thunder Bay program page. https://thunderbay.cmha.ca/programs-services/crisis-response-services/