INTRODUCTION

CMHA Mental Health Week started in 1951 to raise awareness for mental health in Canada. Held during the first full week in May, CMHA Mental Health Week is now a popular awareness week. Our provincial offices and branches hold CMHA Mental Health Week events and activities in hundreds of community locations across Canada. CMHA Mental Health Week offers millions of Canadians practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health.

At CMHA, we’re proud to be the organization that started this tradition, and we’re proud that Canadians have embraced it.

2018 marks the 67th annual CMHA Mental Health Week!

Mental Health Week is led by the Canadian Mental Health Association, which is also celebrating it 100th anniversary this year!

Every year, CMHA asks Canadians to #GetLoud about mental health. This May 7-13, for our 67th Mental Health Week, we’re asking you again. But this time, we’re talking about mental health a little differently.

For the past 66 years, Mental Health Week has taken the form of a mental illness awareness week. We got loud about breaking the stigma, and we got loud about our experiences with mental illnesses. But we didn’t #GetLoud about the fact that all Canadians have mental health.

This year, Mental Health Week is not only about the 1 in 5 Canadians who experience mental health issues. It’s about the 5 in 5.

5 in 5 of us have mental health. We all have a state of mental health. We all have it, so why don’t we all talk about it?

It’s about feeling good about yourself and reaching your potential. It’s about really thriving in life. It’s about the ups and the downs. It’s also about those overwhelming days when you need to take a few moments to breathe. And it’s about the mental illnesses that can affect any one of us.

HOW MENTAL HEALTH IS LIKE PHYSICAL HEALTH

We are all human beings, and each of us has a physical body. We also all have a mind, and we all have emotions. In the same way that we all have a state of physical health, we all have a state of mental health. Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness.

Here’s something to think about: You might have an illness or a disease, say diabetes. Maybe you deal with the symptoms– through diet, physical activity, medication or in other ways. When it comes to your physical health, you might feel absolutely great.

On the other hand, you might not have any illness or disease, but for any number of reasons, you might not feel physically well at all. Say you don’t sleep well, or you are rundown.

All this to say that you might have an illness or disease on one hand, but feel well on the whole. On the other hand, you may not have a disease but are not feeling “well” at all.

The same is true about your mental health. You might have a mental illness, but that doesn’t mean you’re mentally unhealthy. Or that you can’t feel well.

And even if you don’t have a mental illness, you may at times feel mentally unwell. Stress, an overwhelming schedule, and difficult life events or circumstances can put pressure on your mental health.

Mental Health Week is approaching, and we’re getting ready to #GETLOUD about what mental health really means. We can all have a state of mental well being, whether or not we have a mental illness. Every single one of us.

Check out the Mental Health Week Activities happening in your area:

Click here for a downloadable list of Mental Health Week Activities

All across the province: info@cmhanb.ca
Tuesday May 8th, Kindness Day

Charlotte County: lisa.cheney@gnb.ca
All week: Dance for mental health: Dance anywhere for mental health and share your dancing with us on social media, #GetLoud #mwhdances

Friday May 4th 5-9 PM, Saturday May 5th 10 AM – 4 PM, St. Stephen Kiwanis Trade Show. Door prizes, free giveaways.

Tuesday May 8th 6:30-9 PM, Free swing dancing at Magaguadavic Place, St. George

Tuesday May 8th 7-8 PM, Free Family Zumba at Bernie’s Body Blast, St. Stephen

Wednesday May 9th 6:30 PM, Free Family Zumba at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, St. George

Free Kids Hip Hop Dance Class at Charlotte County Boys & Girls Club, St Stephen 6 – 8 PM

Saint John: dawn.odell@cmhanb.ca
Monday May 7th, Workplace Presentation: Nurturing Self-Esteem in Children

Thursday May 10th, A Day in Her Shoes

Péninsule Acadienne: lucie.robichaud@gnb.ca
Écoutez CKRO MF Radio Péninsule pour des announces spéciaux

Fredericton: corey.ferguson@cmhanb.ca
Monday May 7th, Workshop – Self-Care & Burnout (presented in partnership with FSAC) RVSP is required (info@cmhanb.ca)

Monday May 7th, A Day in Their Shoes

Wednesday May 9th, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Kiosk & Speaking

Friday May 11th, AtWork present Lunch & Learn: Mental Health Accommodations in the Workplace: RVSP is required (info@cmhanb.ca)

Miramichi: joyce.tucker@gnb.ca
Monday May 7th 9 AM – 12 PM, Information booth at Miramichi Regional Hospital

Wednesday May 9th, Information booth at Sobey’s Douglas Town (morning), Carrefour Beausoliel (afternoon)

Friday Monday May 11th, Wellness Walk, Lunch & Learn, information booth (morning) NBCC

Moncton: diana.gregory@cmhanb.ca
Thursday May 10th, doors open at 6 PM, Annual Youth Mental Health Symposium in collaboration in partnership with the Anglophone East School District – BMHS

Edmundston: josee.martin@gnb.ca
Mental Health Week

Samedi, 5 mai: Vernissage et Exposition d’artisantat – Bibliothèque publique W.J. Conway, 33 rue Irène, Edmunston. 11h à 13h30 – Punch & Fromage sera servi (gratuit)

Lundi, 7 mai: Marche de sensibilisation pour la santé mentale – Parc plade de l’Hotel de Ville (en face du Scoop Royale) – Ressemblement 11h, depart 11h15, un diner léger sera servi vera midi (gratuit)

Mercredi, 9 mai: BBQ pour les clients des centres d’activité de la région

Samedi, 12 mai: Concert par: Gutted the band, Hooker Kids, Les 3 daccords de Watson Creek – Café de la Vielle Forge – 21h (prix.- 7$)

Bathurst & Campbellton: julie.spence@gnb.ca & cecile.goulette@gnb.ca
Saturday May 12th 8 AM – 12 PM, 2404 Main St., Belldune, Breakfast for mothers, draw for the #1 Mom of the Year, information kiosk, activities throughout the day, and prizes.

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