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.

  • Visit Bannerman Park and tie your own green ribbon to the Military Road fence surrounding the park.  Be sure to write the name of those you honor, or pay tribute using your imagination to make your ribbon a real show stopper.
  • Light Up for Mental Health – as evening approaches, watch buildings throughout the city shine bright in the Green Glow.  The downtown storefronts will have a twinkling display of green lights and even the traffic lights will take part as they turn their green on for you to go (kidding!)
  • Be sure to stop by the Newfoundland Chocolate Factory, have a look at their dedication window display and buy a special truffle in honor of Awareness week.  All proceeds will go to CMHA NL.  Nothing could be sweeter!
  • Swing by Jumping Bean to enjoy a delicious Newfoundland brew with a friend.  A point of sale donation to CMHA NL would be greatly appreciated.
  • Support local high schools and university groups as they prepare their own initiatives to create awareness of mental health concerns in their communities.
  • Piatto Pizza will give 10% of sales of the Pizza of the Week (POW) for the duration of Mental Health Week.  A local favorite restaurant bringing the best of Italy to "the Rock"

May 1st

  • Launch – cheer on or join in with TA Loeffler, our local climbing hero, as she shares the load of mental health issues by pulling a massive green mental health awareness ribbon up Signal Hill.  We will tie the ribbon in honor of those we know who face the mental health struggle and gather round to watch Signal Hill light up in Green!  Times TBA.
  • Plan an evening at Waterford Valley High to see "Not Myself Today" – A pop musical, previously performed at the Arts and Culture Center. The show is suitable and relevant for all ages, and includes the music of Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Phillip Phillips, Colbie Callait and more.  Join the students by wearing green and meeting the Mental Wellness Warrior who has candy for all!   A donation will be accepted at the door for entry.

May 2nd

  • 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
  • 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 on Tel: (709)753-8550
  •  Hot Soup Cool Jazz – The 10th Annual Hot Soup Cool Jazz will take place at the Delta Hotel on May 2nd at 5:00 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

May 3rd

  • CMHA-NL 1/2 day workshop covering the Psychological Health and Safety Standards in the Workplace.  To be held at the NL Housing and Homelessness Network Learning Center, 77 Charter Ave. Pleasantville, from 1:00 to 4:00. Contact John Dinn, Workplace Mental Health Coordinator 709-753-8550 ext. 102 or JDinn@cmhanl.ca.

May 6th

  • Watch or participate (high school students) in Brain Storm.  Hosted by the Faculty of Medicine at MUN this competition covers all things brain!  Find our more at https://www.med.mun.ca/getdoc/367f6c5c-bf7c-441d-8140-a6be98333f0a/Brain-Storm.aspx
  • Join Festival 500 Invite Choir at Atlantic Place.Julia Halfyard and Peter Halley will guide us through a medley prepared just for Mental Health Awareness Week. WEAR GREEN!  Singing starts at 3:30pm so come a bit earlier. $5 at the door. Free underground parking! 

May 7th

  • Join in at 6pm for a 90 minute Moksha Music class with a Mental Health Awareness theme.  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!   
  • It’s closing day.  Time to clean up and reflect on moving forward and continuing to make a change for 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.