Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week takes place the first week of May each year, to raise awareness about the importance of mental health. We see firsthand the power of the services and supports that help people improve their lives. And we know together we can improve these services and supports to help even more people.
In Ontario, one-third of those with mental health and addiction problems cannot access the help they need.
Every year, one in five Canadians will experience an addiction or mental illness. Yet as many as one third of them are not getting the help they need, or having their needs only partially met. Many Ontarians who do reach out for help often wait far too long for support and services.
AMHO and our members are committed to working with the government to identify priority areas such as reducing wait times to treatment, ending hallway health care, and strengthening services for youth.
#MHW2019 provides plenty of opportunity to join in on the conversation about addiction and mental health care in Ontario and increase awareness to improve mental health and addiction supports and services. We want to shed light on the importance of being open and sharing our own experiences with mental health and addiction. To do this, we are highlighting some of our member’s personal stories using the hashtag #ShareOurStories.
We encourage you to take the initiative and share your own experiences with addiction and mental health, whether it’s on social media or to face-to-face with family or friends.