Mental Health Week 2020

Michelle Mak Daily Life, Newcomer Information

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a nationwide organization that promotes mental health and supports people recovering from mental illness. They have organized a Mental Health Week that is from May 4 – May 10, 2020. Mental Health Week helps shift to shift societal beliefs and perceptions about mental health. It promotes behaviours and attitudes that foster well-being, support good mental health and create a culture of understanding and acceptance.

This year’s theme is social connection, promoting that connecting with communities and others doesn’t just feel good, but also helps our mental health.

Although many Canadians will commonly ask “How are you?” in our day to day greetings, it is uncommon to provide or expect a truthful answer. It is often in Canada to say we’re fine, even when we don’t really mean it.

CMHA’s Mental Health Week promotes saying more than just “I’m fine” but rather real conversations with our friends, family, neighbours and coworkers about how we’re all really feeling, especially during this time of COVID-19.

CMHA has a toolkit full of banners, communications tools and shareable images to help you connect – and #GetReal – for CMHA Mental Health Week.

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