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Chilliwack Healthier Communities takes part in Mental Health Week

Released by Sabine Mendez, CHC/Voice file photo



ust 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.


According 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 disorders worldwide.

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 May 7.


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 Consensus Conference.

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 Clearbrook Library
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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