The Regional Municipality Of York


World Mental Health Day

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Today, October 10th, York Region celebrates World Mental Health Day. This important day is recognized in support of mental health and the fundamental importance that mental health has on our physical health and well-being. Every year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience mental illness which can affect anyone of any age, education, income level, or culture.

There is help; getting support and treatment for mental illness is important. Unfortunately, stigma is a serious barrier and may prevent someone from seeking the help they need. Forty per cent of those in need of help or treatment for anxiety or depression do not access services because of stigma and the fear of labelling or being judged. Stigma towards people with poor mental health or mental illness often occurs because of a lack of understanding.

Educate yourself; challenge stereotypes and treat everyone with dignity and respect. Remember our words matter; providing support and encouragement can make a difference. Do your part to help to reduce stigma and support mental health.

This video by the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre explains the separate, but interconnected, concepts of mental health and mental illness, as well as what it means to ‘promote mental health’ in ourselves and in our communities.

York Region’s Mental Health Matters initiative is here to help change the way we provide services in recognition of the mental health issues that residents may be experiencing.

#MentalHealthisHealth, #MentalHealthMatters

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