Mental Illness Awareness Week

Today marks the start of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Why is this important? Because:

  • In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
  • By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
  • Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.
  • Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.
  • Mental illnesses can be treated effectively.

These facts were obtained from the Canadian Mental Health Association website. Read more facts here:

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is a non-profit organization that provides mental health education to the public. This year, they are running a Faces of Mental Illness Campaign which features an interactive map of Canada, and the opportunity to share your story. To find out more, visit

Let’s work towards ending the stigma of mental illness.

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