Mental Health Week and Children’s Mental Health Week is coming soon!

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Algoma Family Services (AFS) and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Sault Ste. Marie are proud to support this year’s annual MHW from May 1st to May 7th, 2017.

MHW creates awareness within the community regarding children’s and adult’s mental health.

We would like to inspire hope, wellness, and improve access to our many services. There is an overwhelming need to create awareness and to stop the stigma surrounding mental health.

Some staggering statistics are: 1 in 5 Canadians experiences mental health challenges; currently Canada does not meet the increasing demand for proper mental health care; 2 out of 3 employees will not tell their supervisor about their mental health illnesses; and Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrialized world.

This week includes several events to raise awareness and support children, youth and adults in our community. Some will raise funds towards children mental health programs at AFS and also CMHA programs and services.
We invite you to light it up green for MHW and CMHW, please visit www.greenformentalhealth.ca for more information. Green is the official colour of mental health.

The Sky’s the Limit Paint Party for youth and emerging adults ages 14-24 on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Limited space available. Register with Jessica by calling (705) 945-5050 ext. 2204.

On Thursday, May 4th, 2017 please wear green in support of children and youth mental health

The Sky’s the Limit Concert featuring local band, THE DIN on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5/person or $20/family of 4+. Tickets are available at AFS reception, CMHA and will be available at the door.

NHL Veteran Clint Malarchuk will be sharing his story on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at the Quattro Ballroom from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $30 each or 2 for $50.
Register to attend Mental Health First Aid Training each Thursday in May at The Canadian Mental Health Association from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Call (705) 759-5989 for details.

These events help bring awareness for children, youth and adult mental health and help support the programs of both AFS and CMHA within Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District. We greatly appreciate your support for this year’s MHW and CMHW. #GetLoud #Kidscantwait