The Sky’s the Limit for Children’s Mental Health Week!

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SAULT STE. MARIE, May 2, 2018: Algoma Family Services (AFS) in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Nogdawindamin and Algoma Public Health (APH) will be hosting a number of activities across the District in recognition of Child, Youth and Adult Mental Health week from May 7th to May 13th, 2018.

Children’s Mental Health Week and Mental Health Awareness Week both occur in May. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness about mental health, share information on services and to reduce stigma.

One in four people will be challenged by their mental health, with 70% of mental health challenges emerging in adolescence. Currently there are over 6500 children in the province of Ontario waiting more than a year for service.

What this highlights is the need for more resources to reduce these wait times. In March the Provincial Government announced a $2.1 billion historic investment in Mental Health, translating to $570 million over the next four years for Children’s Mental Health. Long overdue, this investment will assist in reducing wait times; however more still needs to be done.

Green is the symbolic color in recognition of Children’s Mental Health Week. The communities in Algoma are encouraged to wear green ribbons and light their buildings green. The following is a list of activities planned for the week of May 7th.

The Sky’s The Limit Infant Mental Health event Tuesday May 8th St. Joseph Island Early ON Centre. Drop in 10 am -12 pm. Baby Picasso and Parent/Child Yoga by registration. Contact Megan (705) 542-5561.

The Sky’s The Limit Infant Mental Health event Wednesday May 9th Holy Angels Early ON Centre. Drop in 9 am – 4pm.

Baby Yoga by registration at 10 am and 2pm. Call (705) 945-8898 ext. 255.

3rd Annual The Sky’s the Limit Concert featuring local band, Electric Church and Bold Noize on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are $5/person or $20/family of 4+. Tickets are available at AFS reception and will be available at the door.

1st Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday May 12th at Sault College. To register please call (705) 945-5050 ext 2422 or ext 2112. Registration closes May 7th.

“I would like to extend on behalf of the AFS Board and Leadership team our great appreciation to the Children’s Mental Health Week Planning Committee and our community partners for their awesome work in planning all the great activities. We greatly encourage the community to join in on these activities, have some fun and learn more about mental health. Your participation goes a long way in
reducing the stigma associated at times with mental health. Remember your mental health is just as important as your physical health”, said Ali Juma, CEO, Algoma Family Services.

To learn more about Children’s Mental Health Week please visit the Children’s Mental Health Ontario website or the Canadian Mental Health Association website for information on adult mental health. Be sure to check out the Algoma Family Services Facebook page.