The first week of October brings with it the reminder that millions of Canadians live with mental illnesses every day. Oct 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).
MIAW is an annual national public education campaign coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). CAMIMH’s mandate is to ensure that mental illness and mental health are placed on the national agenda so that Canadians receive appropriate access to care and support. CMHA is an active member of CAMIMH and is proud to support its annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign during MIAW.
This year’s MIAW encourages Canadians to join the conversation about mental illness online using the hashtag #miaw17. As mental illness affects more than six million people across the country, the campaign encourages Canadians to share personal stories and engage in a discussion regarding the need for increased access to mental health services for all Canadians.
CMHA Niagara offers urgent support and walk-in counselling. We also provide a temporary crisis beds program and offer crisis response services in partnership with Niagara Regional Police Service. For more information about each of these services, please visit our programs and services page here: http://cmhaniagara.ca/ourservices/immediate-services/.
If you, a family member, or friend is in need, give us a call on our toll-free number. A member of our supportive, trained staff will provide immediate support and guidance.
Depending on your unique needs and preferences, we may connect you with a member of our collaborating network, which consists of 16 fully-vetted services so you can receive more specialized assistance. If we do transfer you to a member of our network, we will follow up to make sure you or your loved one has received the appropriate care.