Activities begin this Sunday for Mental Health Awareness Month

Grant Boone
May 12, 2019

As we are in the month of May, let's take the time to focus on the awareness needing to be made in regards to mental health.

"One in five kids has mental health problems and we have long wait lists in our community for treatment", she noted.

Address to the nation by the Minster of Health Wellness and the Environment; Tuesday, May 14 - School visits to the institution; Wednesday, May 15 - Panel discussion on the theme by Registrar, Psychosocial and Nursing team. For urgent help phone the Sarnia-Lambton Mental Health First Response Service (available 24/7) at 1-800-307-4319.

Part of the objective of mental health awareness month is to lessen the stigma associated with mental health disorders.

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"Big Lots is proud to support the next generation of mental health providers with our endowed scholarship fund for students committed to the field of behavioral health". 'Living a healthy life style supports good mental health, taking small steps can make a huge difference'. "Julia's advocacy should inspire us all to work together to end the stigma around childhood mental health".

The announcement comes after the government cut mental health funding from $2.1 billion over four years - set by the previous Liberal government - to 1.9 billion over 10 years, said Jules Tupker, the co-chair of the Thunder Bay Health Coalition. "And it does improve outcomes, even for the most severe mental illness and addiction problems". A mental illness is an illness and it affects the way people think, feel, behave, or interact with others. Let me make this clear, having a mental illness is not a choice.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 percent of people in the United States will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.

A recent study led by the World Health Organization found that 35% of college freshmen in eight countries struggle with mental illness. "We're co-hosting this with the Canadian Mental Health Association, our adult partners, and we've done that for the past two years because mental health is across a lifespan, from birth to death, so working together and integrating services more and more helps all the families in our community that much more".

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