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Mental Illness Awareness Week 2020

From October 4th to 10th, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is coordinating Mental Illness Awareness Week 2020. CAMIMH is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1998. It’s entirely volunteer-run, and is made up of healthcare providers and organizations representative of people with lived mental illness experience. 

CAMIMH aims to start a national conversation with Canadians about mental illness, with the objective of reducing the stigma associated with it and drawing attention to resources and services available. One way CAMIMH does this is through Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), a nation-wide annual public education campaign.  

The theme of this year’s MIAW is “there is no health without mental health,” and CAMIMH is prioritizing access to mental health care. They only need to share a few facts to highlight its importance:

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year
  • 85% of Canadians say mental and physical health care are equally important 
  • 94% of Canadians think that provincial and territorial governments’ health plans should cover mental health care
  • 55% of Canadians were dissatisfied with wait times for publicly-funded mental health practitioners
  • 44% of Canadians felt that their mental health care needs were either unmet or only partially met  
  • Every week, 500,000 Canadians miss work due to mental illness

To learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week, check out Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.

You can also read up on different mental illnesses on mindyourmind