Of Sound Mind
Healthier Communities takes part in Mental Health Week
Released by Sabine Mendez, CHC/Voice file photo
as physical fitness helps our bodies to stay strong, mental fitness
helps us to achieve and sustain a state of good mental health. When
we are mentally healthy, we enjoy our life and environment, and the
people in it. Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects
of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental.
to the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental illness indirectly
affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend
or colleague. 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental
illness in their lifetime, and mental illness affects people of all
ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some
time in their lives.
It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a
mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of
Locally, there are many events happening during that week to
encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and
engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.
Child and Youth Mental Health Day is May 7
The Chilliwack Youth as Gatekeepers (Mental Health Literacy and
Suicide Awareness) will be presenting at the Family Smart “Consensus
Conference” in Vancouver for Child and Youth Mental Health Day on
Chilliwack CYC is partnered with the Institute for Families to be
the first community to discuss Family Smart, and feed findings from
the April 4th “Conversation on Chilliwack’s Children” into that
The Chilliwack Youth as Gatekeepers will be doing mental health
literacy presentations in numerous high school and middle school
classes throughout the week of May 5 to 11.
Sardis Senior Secondary - are hosting a Mental Health Awareness
event organized and presented by students. It will be going on May 7
at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. It is sponsored by Parween Irani
(teacher) but driven entirely by students. It will be mostly
students speaking, some sharing of public service videos, and some
spoken word performance.
Perspectives of Living with a Mental Illness – May 6 at
There will be a series of presentations at Clearbrook Library, 32320
Ferguson Way, Abbotsford on May 6 at 7:00–8:30 p.m., where you can
share the experiences of: A Family Member, A Rehab and Recovery
Specialist and An Individual’s Living with Experience.
Adult Mental Health Day is May 10
Why not wear a green ribbon to mark mental health week?
Green ribbons will be available at the main entrance of the
Chilliwack General Hospital – wear one to help raise awareness about
mental health. 1000 ribbons will be assembled by members of the
Early Risers Community Inclusion Service, a program run by the
Chilliwack Society for Community Living.
For more information contact Sabine Mendez, Coordinator, Chilliwack
Healthier Community via email
here or call
604 703 8096
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