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Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) proudly kicks off its 61st annual Mental Health Week – May 7- 13, 2012 with nationwide activities and events

May 7, 2012

TORONTO, May 7, 2012 /CNW/ – The Canadian Mental Health Association
(CMHA) kicks off today its 61(st) annual Mental Health Week, May 7 – 13, 2012. In support of its Mental Health Week (MHW), CMHA is
holding coast-to-coast events and activities in its 120 plus locations
in communities across Canada.

CMHA created MHW 61 years ago to raise awareness of mental illness in
Canada. Mental Health Week is now an annual national public awareness
week that takes place during the first week in May and encourages
people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with
others on all issues relating to mental health and mental illness.

Mental Health For All is this year’s MHW theme because mental health is important for all
Canadians and mental illness can touch anyone. The CMHA is encouraging
Canadians to continue to talk and learn more about maintaining and
improving mental health and its connection to their overall health
during MHW 2012.

Mental Health Week 2012 will focus on five mental health topics,
including: Kids Have Stress Too; Workplace Mental Health; Resiliency at Home, at School, at Work; Stigma and Discrimination; and Mental Health is Everyone’s Concern.

“The CMHA has been a champion for mental health since 1918 and has
played an important role in improving people’s understanding of mental
health and mental illness. We work to improve mental health for all and
reduce the discrimination and stigma associated with mental health
problems,” says Peter Coleridge, National CEO, CMHA.

“While we encourage Canadians to talk openly about their mental health
anytime during the year, Mental Health Week is the perfect time for
people to learn about practical ways to maintain and improve their
mental health and talk about mental illness,” says Coleridge. “It’s a
time to reflect on our attitudes and behaviors towards people living
with mental health problems in our schools, workplaces, and at all
levels in our society.”

Many CMHA community activities taking place across the country during
MHW offer Canadians practical ways to stay mentally and physically
healthy. CMHA’s BC Division, for example, is launching the “Living Life to the Full” program. Originally developed by a British psychiatrist, this 12-hour,
eight week course helps people improve their moods, their feelings and
their behaviours by offering practical advice and suggestions for
making life more liveable.

Mental Health Week 2012 is generously supported by Bell and Medicine Shoppe Canada.

“Bell is pleased to support Mental Health Week and continues to help
raise awareness about mental illness, building on our commitment
through Bell Let’s Talk to fight stigma and improve access to mental health care in communities
across Canada,” says Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative.

Medicine Shoppe Canada is announcing during MHW, a partnership with CMHA
designed to better support their pharmacy customers across Canada who
are managing and recovering from mental illness and addictions.

“We look forward to our partnership with the CMHA and the opportunity to
better help people and their families deal with mental illness,” says
Murray Whitby, Vice President, Operations and Marketing, Medicine
Shoppe Canada.

Community event listings, MHW themed fact sheets and other helpful
mental health information can be found on CMHA’s Mental Health Week
website at www.mentalhealthweek.ca

About Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

CMHA was founded in 1918 and is one of the oldest voluntary health
organizations in Canada. Each year, CMHA provides direct service to
more than 100,000 Canadians through the combined efforts of more than
10,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 120 communities. As
the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates
access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental
health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery
from mental illness. Please visit cmha.ca

SOURCE Canadian Mental Health Association

Source: PR Newswire