Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help Canadians realize the reality of mental illness. MIAW carries on from where Mental Health Week leaves off by focusing attention on mental disorders: signs and symptoms, how to get help, stigma, hope and recovery, and the impact of mental illness on lives, families, workplaces and society. MIAW was initially spearheaded by the Canadian Psychiatric Association and is now an education project of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, a national fifteen-member alliance, which CMHA is a member of. Mental Illness Awareness Week is always the first full week of October.
CMHA is hosting a number of events to help raise mental illness awareness across BC, including Beyond the Blues:depression anxiety screening and education events, movie screenings, information and education booths, fundraising dinners and more.
Visit their event page for more information.
Blog posting and wording from Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), BC Division.