More threads by HA


About Mental Illness Awareness Week
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

Campaign elements include: a grassroots public education initiative; a nationally-distributed poster and bookmark series; the 3rd Annual Champions of Mental Health Awards luncheon in Ottawa and an education initiative with federal Members of Parliament, both in their home ridings and on Parliament Hill.

Why Mental Illness Awareness Week?
For too long, Canadians with mental illnesses have been in the shadows. Too few Canadians know about the burden of mental illness on our society, and too few sufferers seek help when they need it. Mental Illness Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness of the level of mental illness in Canada; to reduce negative stigma about mental illness amongst the general population and health care professionals; and to promote the positive effects of best practice in prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment

About Mental Illness in Canada
Mental illness affects more than six million—or one in five—Canadians. Of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide, five are mental disorders. Close to 4,000 Canadians commit suicide each year and it is the most common cause of death for people aged 15 - 24. By 2020 it is estimated that depressive illnesses will become the leading cause of disease burden in developed countries like Canada.

Many Canadians do not recognize that they are ill while others don’t seek help because of misconceptions about these diseases. Taking the time to learn about mental illness could make all the difference to you or to someone you care about. It’s important to watch for warning signs of mental illness—and to seek medical advice as soon as possible if any become apparent. Symptoms include:

  • Marked personality change
    Inability to cope with problems and daily activities
    Strange ideas or delusions
    Excessive anxiety
    Prolonged feelings of sadness
    Marked changes in eating or sleeping patterns
    Thinking or talking about suicide
    Extreme highs and lows
    Abuse of alcohol or drugs
    Excessive anger, hostility
    Violent behaviour
    Irrational fears [/list:u]

Similar threads

Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct 2 - 8, 2011 Visit the website for all the details and how to become involved. See if there is an event in your here MIAW bookmark and poster :acrobat: attached
Here are some suggestions on how to participate in Mental Illness Awareness Week from the site that was created just for this purpose. Sept 30 to Oct 6, 2007 Designing an Event Need ideas? Read about events from previous MIAW campaigns, check out the following options - or be creative and develop your own! Suggestions for Families Develop a family time capsule on mental illness beliefs and thoughts. Open it next year, and see if everyone in the family still feels the same way. Write an...
2K by Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. September 29, 2022 Coping responses such as dissociation can be double-edged, they stunt the development of healthy emotion regulation over time. Experiencing trauma often forestalls the development of a positive self-concept. For some, having a mental illness can lead to determination to understand the root of those problems and explore past trauma. What...
How Trauma Can Cause Mental Illness (It's Not Just a Chemical Imbalance) by Mary Beth Fox, Tiny Buddha July 22, 2022 “What seems to be clear is that we humans are an accumulation of our traumatic experiences, that each trauma contributes to our biology, and that this biology determines, to some extent, how we respond to further traumatic events as they emerge in our lives.” ~Shaili Jain The stigma of mental health is decreasing. That’s wonderful, but the way we’re doing it is wrong and...
Does lumbar support help? e.g. For sitting areas without a footrest, adding a footrest or ottoman may also help with back pain. For some people, it helps more than lumbar support since it helps them recline their back: I know my most comfortable place to sit is a recliner. I also use my adjustable bed at night when using my laptop.