CMHA Thompson gets loud during mental health awareness week

Roanoke recognizes national children's mental health day

Roanoke recognizes national children's mental health day

Throughout Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association is holding its annual Mental Health Week campaign that kicked off May 6 and continues until Sunday. "They indicate a willingness to be more open about mental illness, as well as a strong belief among older respondents that having a mental disorder is nothing to be ashamed of".

"It's helped me calm down, it slows my mind down", said McCallin. "I suffer from bipolar and it helps relax me".

The Mental Health Association has 330 locations across the country.

For more information on this months events, visit Kern BHRS. "You are here to stand against stigma and to unite and remove the barriers to treatment, housing, and quality of life and to take the next step in decriminalizing mental illness so that the next generation may speak powerfully of our successes".

"My role in particular is to reduce the stigma, so we can talk about mental health as easily as we can talk about a toothache", said Katherine Rushton, education and training program co-ordinator for CMHA Thompson. The main issue is to encourage people enough to talk about it and accept it as any other disease and feel no shame in getting help.

In all, 42 percent of those who had never had a mental health diagnosis or had never known someone who did were afraid of people with mental disorders. They will discuss how people can better recognise the signs associated with these problems and how to respond to them, as well as how to be more compassionate and supportive to those with a mental health problem.

Almost 4 of 5 respondents agreed that less stigma and shame around mental health disorders would lower suicide rates.

Dr Nadia Dabbagh, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Rashid Hospital and programme lead for the Mental Health Strategy at the DHA, said these children would be adults tomorrow and, with such early interventions, they are less likely to use drugs or other substances.

Efforts should also be made to provide mental healthcare at a community level rather than in hospitals. However, while there is widespread agreement that mental healthcare should be deinstitutionalised, Prof Chima argues a key lesson from the Life Esidimeni tragedy is that deinstitutionalisation can only be achieved when adequate human and financial resources are devoted to community mental healthcare; when families are educated about mental illness so the stigma can be eradicated and when mental health patients are regularly assessed to determine the most appropriate form of treatment on a case-by-case basis. Most mental illnesses don't improve on their own and, if untreated, a mental illness may get worse over time and cause serious problems. It might also address social determinants of health such as poverty. In its ninth year, the 2019 event is expected to attract more than 10,500 healthcare professionals, with representation from over 160 countries and over 600 leading worldwide and regional healthcare and pharmaceutical suppliers, manufacturers and service providers.

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