Mental illness directly affects 1 in 5 Canadians and will indirectly affect everyone at some point in their life. Many people don’t even know they suffer from m
ental illness and therefore never think to ask for help. Although these statistics are staggering, we hardly discuss it or fully understand it. So in order to understand anything, we need to talk and learn more about it and in the case of mental health, discussion can open the eyes of the people who need it most.
To encourage open discussion and as part of Mental Health Week (May 1-7th), my friend Bryan Weiss and
are looking to share the stories of 8 individuals who have been affected by mental illness (directly or indirectly) and how they have overcome their challenges. Your portrait and inspirational story will be part of a gallery showing and silent auction taking place May 5th, 2017 to benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association.
This gallery and silent auction is meant to help bring a face to a silent epidemic. Your neighbor, your friend, your brother, maybe even yourself… we all may be touched by mental illness but nobody will get through it on their own. Please ask to be a part of this event and give your story a voice and a face.
CMHA’s Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health. Visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca for more information.