Mental Health Week May 2-8, 2016


For over 65 years, organizations have led the observance of May being Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events, and screenings. CASA is committed to spreading the word that mental health is critically important. The Canadian Mental Health Association's toolkit materials are highly useful for this cause (http://www.mentalhealthweek.ca).

 

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is  Life with a Mental Illness.  The focus on is on  individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures, and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously).

 

Posting with the hashtag will allow people to speak up about their own experiences, to share their point of view with individuals who may be struggling to explain what they are going through—and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness. Sharing is the key to breaking down the discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and to show others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.

 

WHAT IS CASA DOING FOR MENTAL HEALTH WEEK? 

Our focus for Mental Health Week from the Foundation is to work with schools to engage their students or staff. We have been working primarily with the following schools: Scona, Victoria, Wagner, and Delwood.

 

Wagner has taken us on as their charity of choice for their bike event, which did extremely well for CASA. We will also have their students use social media during Mental Health Week to shout out their successes and send their messages in support of mental wellness. 


A social media campaign is in the works with the students at Victoria with planned/timed messages being tweeted out to bring awareness to Mental Health. Students will be holding signs and messages. 

 

We do not have any organized "event" planned to recognize Mental Health week for CASA, however will use our existing events (the Carnival and our Bike Ride) during mental health week. Posters will also be displayed in the lobby of all 5 CASA facilities, promoting Mental Health Week to our families.

 

Denise Milne (CASA and CASA Foundation's CEO) is planning on visiting all 5 CASA locations during the week of Mental Health week to bring goodies for the staff and patient waiting areas.