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Mental Health Week is Here Again

May 02, 2014
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Did you know that mental health is a major issue in Canada? It’s true. More Canadians need to be aware of mental health and related issues, especially since an estimated 21.3 percent of Canadians will probably deal with a mental disorder at some point during their lifetime. (21.3 percent equals about 4.5 million people.) How can Canadians become more aware of mental health in general? Getting educated about mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week is a great way to start.

What is Mental Health Awareness Week?

Mental Health Awareness Week is simply a week devoted to raising society’s awareness of mental illnesses/issues. This is important because awareness of an issue often decreases the amount of stigma that surrounds it. For example, someone who does not understand mental disorders may feel uncomfortable around people who have them. Once someone becomes educated about mental disorders and how they operate, that person will understand that they can act “normal” around those who have such issues. Do you see how having increased awareness of mental disorders could decrease the stigma that surrounds them?

What is mental health?

Before you learn more about the nature of mental disorders, it helps to know exactly what mental health is. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, “Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic, and mental.” Seeing mental health as being something achieved through balance is an interesting viewpoint.

How exactly does one achieve balance in his or her life and attain mental health? Visit http://www.cmha.ca/mental_health/balancing-your-life/#.UPMr3M3atH0 to find out.

Learn more about mental health this week.

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of individuals with mental health issues in Canada? You can! Do this by following Disability Living this week (Mental Health Awareness Week) as we blog about mental health in Canada. This is an easy way to quickly educate yourself about mental health and the people it affects. Thanks for staying up-to-date with the Disability Living blog!

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