Mental Health Week is an initiative created to encourage a more open dialogue about mental illness and addiction in our country. That’s why the Canadian Mental Health Association is asking people to #GETLOUD this week and start speaking about mental health awareness.
Although public understanding of mental illnesses has grown, many of those suffering continue to be met with discrimination and stigma. As a result, they often struggle to seek help or share their stories openly.
It is important that we continue to expand access to care for those with mental health issues so that they have safe spaces to seek support.
Initiatives like Mental Health Week are integral to encouraging further discussion on the subject, but we must be persistent in working to improve mental services and support. All Ontarians deserve the opportunity to lead happy and healthy lives.