What is the need for Mental Health Awareness Week?
“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. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada. One of MIAW’s major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national outreach campaign featuring the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Thousands of pieces of MIAW materials featuring the Faces are disseminated to hundreds of organizations across Canada in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness.”
I do not shy away from admitting I have PTSD from workplace stress, bullying and violence. The more people who speak up about this type of abuse in the workplace,the less likely you and/or someone you love will needlessly suffer. If no one says anything then nothing changes. Have the conversation with family and friends about mental health awareness week. You never know who may be suffering in silence.