Mental Health Week

CMHA’s Mental Health Week is May 1-7th

 “Get Ready to Get Loud”

In support of the 66th Annual CMHA Mental Health Week, May 1st – 7th, 2017, we are inviting our community to GET LOUD with us!

The goal of this week is to raise awareness of mental illness across Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada.  One out of every five Canadians will deal with a mental health issue in their lifetime. Building on last year’s successful “Get Loud for Mental Health” campaign, CMHA is once again asking Canadians to GET LOUD. To talk more openly, more honestly, and to stop the discrimination and stigma that often goes hand in hand with mental illness. This week means taking action and using your voice to raise awareness and build support….. 

For someone at work

For someone at home

For yourself

Help reduce the quiet and reduce the stigma by participating in the week's events.   If you would like to add an event please contact Nancy Salsman, Chair, Mental Health Week,  709-351-0723 nsalsman@gmail.com or contact CMHA NL Office.

Reduce the quiet, reduce the stigma, GET LOUD! GET GREEN!

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Events:

Join us as we proclaim May 1st-7th as CMHA’s Mental Health Week.

All week throughout St. John’s:

  • Tie a Green Ribbon to the Military Road fence of Bannerman Park. Be sure to write the name of those you honor, and use your imagination to make your ribbon a real show stopper.
  • Light Up Green for Mental Health – as evening approaches, watch buildings throughout the city light up with a Green Glow. 
  • Stop by the Newfoundland Chocolate Factory, have a look at their dedication window display and buy a special CMHA Mental Health Week Truffle. All proceeds will go to CMHA-NL. Nothing could be sweeter!
  • Swing by Jumping Bean to enjoy a delicious Newfoundland coffee, and donate to CMHA-NL.
  • Order a Pizza of the Week (POW) at Piatto Pizza, who will donate 10% of proceeds to CMHA-NL. Support local high schools and university groups as they prepare their own initiatives to create mental health awareness in their communities.

Monday May 1st

  • Join us at 10:30am at Jumping Bean Atlantic Place St. John’s to kick off CMHA Mental Health Week!
  • Not Myself Today – A Pop Musical, 7:30pm at Waterford Valley High School, 465 Topsail Road, St. John's. Previously performed at the Arts and Culture Center, this show is suitable and relevant for all ages. A donation will be accepted at the door for entry.
  • Mental Health Trivia Night, 6:00-8:00 pm at Common Grounds café, 12 High Street, Grand Falls-Windsor. A free event, open to the public, with prizes donated by Central Health and local businesses. 

Tuesday May 2nd

  • It's Kindness Day! Can your business start at the top and touch every single employee with an act of kindness? Complimentary packets are available by calling the CMHA NL office at: (709)753-8550. 
  • Hot Soup Cool Jazz – The 10th Annual Hot Soup Cool Jazz will take place at the Delta Hotel on May 2nd, 5:00-8:00 pm. All proceeds from this event are in support of 5 community organizations working to support youth homelessness and poverty including CMHA-NL. For tickets please contact 722-5003.
  • The Eastern Edge Quilters Guild has hand sewn 25 quilts to present to the Waterford Hospital's permanent resident floor. The quilts will be on display in the evening at the Ecole des Grands-Vents, 65 Ridge Road.

Wednesday May 3rd

  • Psychological Health and Safety Standards in the Workplace. 1/2 day workshop at the NL Housing and Homelessness Network Learning Center, 77 Charter Ave, Pleasantville, St. John’s from 1:00 to 4:00. Contact John Dinn, Workplace Mental Health Coordinator 709-753-8550 ext. 102 or JDinn@cmhanl.ca.
  • Mental Health and Wellness Workshop – Dealing with Stress, presented by Bonnie Lundrigan. 12:00-2:00PM, open to all, at The Masonic Temple on 6 Cathedral Street, St. John’s. More information at https://sjwomeninmusic.com/workshops/, and registration at https://sjwomeninmusic.com/program-registration/
  • The Stella’s Circle Inclusion Choir will be singing at Rawlins Cross at 6:15 pm.
  • Ladies Afternoon Tea, Make your own hand scrub and decorate a Green Cupcake! 1:30-3:30pm BSG Women’s Centre, 54 St. Clare Ave, Stephenville

Thursday May 4th

  • Terry Reilly Sings Songs for Mental Health, 2-3:00 at the Battery Café, 1 Duckworth St., St. John’s. Join Mr. Teddy Bear Picnic himself as he sings some of his own warm-hearted songs that will leave you feeling so much better. Free admission. Limited seating (20)

Saturday May 6th

  • Festival 500 Invite Choir, 3:30-4:30pm at Atlantic Place. Please WEAR GREEN and join Julia Halfyard and Peter Halley who will guide us through a medley prepared just for Mental Health Awareness Week. $5 at the door. Free underground parking! Please come a bit earlier to warm up your vocal chords.
  • Brain Storm! Hosted by the Faculty of Medicine at MUN, this competition covers all things brain! Find out more at https://www.med.mun.ca/getdoc/367f6c5c-bf7c-441d-8140-a6be98333f0a/Brain-Storm.aspx
  • No Stress Fest: Have Fun, Stress Less and Feel Better! 1:00-4:00 p.m., Lion’s Club, 2 Woodland Street, Stephenville. Everyone Welcome, Free Admission! Healthy Snacks, Stress Relievers, Relaxation Strategies, Photo Booth, Kids zone and Giveaways. 

Sunday May 7th

  • Moksha Music for Mental Health. 6-7:30pm at Moksha Yoga. 223 Duckworth St, Suite 102, St. John’s. There will be support bracelets for everyone to wear and a green glow to welcome you. Healthy body, healthy mind. Thanks Moksha, The hottest yoga in town! 

Finally, time to reflect, move forward and make a change for better mental health.

More and more events will be added leading up to May 1st.  Check frequently for updates at:                                    

www.cmhanl.ca

www.mentalhealthweek.ca

or follow us on social media!

Why we need mental health week

  • CMHAs across Canada are getting loud in response to long wait times that Canadians experience when seeking and accessing mental health care.
  • "500,000 Canadians don't feel well enough to go to work each week” Mental Health Commission of Canada.
  • While society’s attitude towards mental illness is improving, many people with mental illnesses are still stigmatized due to a lack of knowledge and understanding.

 


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The Canadian Mental Health Association (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. CMHA introduced Mental Health Week (MHW) in 1951 to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada. MHW today offers people practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness.