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. 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.

We are asking Canadians again this year to join us to GET LOUD for Mental Health. To GET LOUD means speaking out against the discrimination and stigma directed at people with mental illnesses. It means taking action and using your voice to raise awareness and build support for those around you and for yourself. During CMHA Mental Health Week, we also encourage all Canadians to reflect on their own attitudes towards mental health. Reducing discrimination and stigma is paramount, so that people no longer feel shame due to a mental illness and will no longer wait to seek the support and help they need.

Every year, CMHA selects a specific mental health-related issue to focus on during CMHA Mental Health Week. This year, as part of our Sick of Waiting: Get Loud for Mental Health campaign, we are paying special attention to long waits – the long wait to see a mental health professional, and the long wait for improvements to the mental health system of Canada.

We are all working hard to overcome stigma. But there is much more work to do. Our hope is that every one of us will GET LOUD. Let’s GET LOUD to maintain mental health. Let’s GET LOUD to get it back. Because the louder we all get, the bigger the difference we will make.

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