World Mental Health Day is October 10
October 10 is World Mental Health Day, a day to acknowledge global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Let’s bring attention to Mental Illness and its effects on people worldwide. Let’s raise awareness and make an effort to end the stigma associated with Mental Illness.
Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6-October 12
“Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.
One of MIAW’s major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national outreach campaign featuring the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Thousands of pieces of MIAW posters, brochures, and bookmarks featuring the Faces are disseminated to hundreds of organizations across Canada in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness.
This year also marks the addition of a new component of MIAW: the Faces of Mental Illness Breakfast. This marquee event takes place in October and brings together Members of Parliament, prominent decision makers, the Faces from the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, and CAMIMH members to express support for current mental health initiatives and engage in a discussion regarding the need for increased access to mental health services for all Canadians.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is essential that we take the time to find out more about Breast Cancer. According to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is a complex disease that affects as many as 1 in 9 Canadian women during their lifetime. To find out more information and resources about breast cancer including risk factors, screening, and prevention please take a moment to visit the following websites:
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation:
Canadian Cancer Society:
BC Cancer Agency: Care + Research:
Screening Mammography Program
In support of bringing awareness to the importance of prevention and screening, there are many free screening clinics available in BC for women between the ages 40-79. Visit the website below to find a clinic near you today!
BC Cancer Agency: Clinic Locator: