The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mental Health Week is taking place this week, May 4th -10th. Every May, people in Canadian communities, schools, workplaces and legislatures rally around CMHA Mental Health Week. First marked by CMHA in 1951, 2020 marks the 69th annual Mental Health Week. Mental Health Week helps to shift societal beliefs and perceptions about mental health. It helps promote behaviors and attitudes that foster well-being, support good mental health and create a culture of understanding and acceptance.
The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is social connection. Connecting with other people and our communities doesn’t just feel good. It’s good for our mental health.
- Research shows that social connection and social support are factors that protect and promote good mental health.
- Feeling socially connected means you feel close and connected to others, and you don’t have to be in physical proximity to nurture a sense of closeness and connection.
- Social isolation and loneliness are bad for everyone’s mental health.
So today, this week and the days following, let’s #GetReal with #MentalHealthWeek.
Keep an eye out this week for more info and resources, but in the meantime you can read more about this nationally recognized social movement in the Mental Health Week Fact Sheet