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'Get Loud' about mental health this week

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The public is urged to get #GetLoud about mental health this week.

It's “Mental Health Week” (May 7-13) and the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association is holding several free events to mark the occasion.

“Hearing voices that are distressing,” a free three-hour interactive workshop, was held yesterday morning and afternoon at the NCDS office at 304 Scott St.

Meanwhile, “SafeTALK,” a workshop designed to raise suicide alertness among community members, will be held tomorrow (May 9) from noon-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library and again Thursday from 6-9 p.m. at NCDS.

Admission is free but pre-registration is required by contacting Char Strain at 274-2347 ext. 207 (leave a message) or via e-mail at cstrain@cmhaff.ca

As well, the District Mental Health Services for Older Adults Program of the CMHA has been giving out mugs featuring artwork of various historic buildings to seniors after receiving a donation from the family of Vi Plumridge and the Fine Line Art Gallery.

The public also can show their support this week by wearing green ribbons—the international symbol for mental health awareness.

CMHA Fort Frances Branch is now on Facebook. The public can support mental health awareness by “liking” them.

This year marks the 67th CMHA “Mental Health Week” while this year marks 100th anniversary of CMHA.

One-in-five Canadians lives with mental health problems, mental illnesses, and addictions. However, five-out-of-five Canadians have mental health, just like they have physical health.

The CMHA #Get Loud campaign is about promoting what mental health really is.

Mental health is about more than being happy all the time. Rather, it's about feeling good about who you are, having balance in your life, and managing life's highs and lows.

Everyone deserves to feel well, whatever their mental health experience, and they all need a support system to lean on.

Visit mentalhealthweek.ca for more information.

At that site, you also can share materials, write your local MP, or donate to support CMHA programs and initiatives.

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