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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

MIAW  - October 2nd to 8th, 2016.


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.


We all want to be healthy and happy. Mental health is having a balance of mental, emotional, physical and emotional health.  No one can be truly healthy without positive mental health. Mental health involves how we feel, think, act and interact with the world around us.  Positive mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a “perfect” life. It’s about living to the best of your ability and having the tools to cope with difficult situations, especially during life’s challenges. Each person’s path to mental well-being is unique. We all have our own goals, our own challenges, our own talents and our own supports. But positive mental health is within everyone’s reach.


Canadian statistics show that one in five people may have a mental illness in their lifetime.  10.4% of Canadians have a mental illness at any given time.  18% of PEOPLE aged 15 – 24 reported having a mental illness or substance abuse problem.  The group with the highest rate of hospitalization for anxiety disorders is those 65 or older! Personal relationships are affected and there is a strain on families.  Employee disengagement affects a company’s  ‘bottom line’ because of sick days and sick leaves that are taken by employees that can’t cope with workplace stress.


But people with mental health issues, such as Depression or Anxiety Disorders, often suffer silently.  So how would that affect those statistics? I’d bet they would likely be a lot higher.  The stigma of being judged and/or labeled as “crazy”, “unstable”, or “too sensitive” leads to hiding not just from others, but from themselves.  What they need is to seek help and even DEMAND it! 


A really important step in improving these numbers is eliminating the stigma that often accompanies a mental illness diagnosis. Just as we cheer those battling diseases like cancer, we should offer the same support to those with a mental health condition. Here is a list of online resources to promote better understanding and support of this critical issue, and I hope you’ll consider sharing it with your friends, family, and employer.  These resources are a great first step in reaching out for help. – See dropdown, “Hypnosis Helps with..”











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