Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Health Department announces Mental Health Month

Health Department announces Mental Health Month

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Campaign Coordinator Simon Oosterman says the Governments ongoing denial of the mental health crisis is astounding.

If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health challenge, the health department suggests you reach out to a trusted friend, family member, teacher, counsellor or elder for help.

"As mental health became a less taboo topic of public conversation over the last few years, we have seen increasing demand placed on already strained campus mental health services", said Rajean Hoilett, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.

Craig Bass, the CEO for Alexander Youth Network, says, "About 20-25% of all people have a mental health issue of some sort".

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"Our Dickensian institutions of past years ago are something we never want to go back to", the Health Minister said as he announced a drive to improve mental health and addiction services.

"The two weeks of activities aims to make people within the Borough more aware of dementia and mental health".

People experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently-and some engage in potentially unsafe or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.

The first course, which is geared towards people who work with youth or have kids in their life, will take place on May 12th at the Adolescent Services Center at 104 Malton Road in Negaunee. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. Some of the stigmas individuals with the diseases of mental health face include phrases such as, "Just try to be happy and you will be OK". Individual is experiencing a mental health crisis (non-medical) should call the BHD 24/7 crisis line at 414-257-7222. A human being has as much ability to beat a mental health disease by being strong-willed as they do in curing cancer by treating it exclusively with a positive attitude.

Ontario supports the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health and the Good2Talk/ Allo, j'écoute mental health helpline, which provides direct counseling and referral services 24 hours a day, seven days a week in English and French.

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