This May 1-7, turn up the volume. It’s the 66th Annual CMHA Mental Health Week and we’re getting loud for mental health. During CMHA Mental Health Week, Canadians take the time to reflect on their mental health. But we do more than just reflect. We get loud about it.

This year during CMHA Mental Health Week, Canadians are speaking up: we’ve been in line for mental health care for way too long. We can’t wait anymore. We are literally sick of waiting. But we’re not only waiting for mental health care.

To be truly mentally well, Canadians also need psychotherapy, counselling and community-based mental health services and programs; we need acknowledgement and respect; and we need adequate housing. This CMHA Mental Health Week, May 1-7, Canadians are writing their MPs, speaking out on social media, and donating our time and money, all in the name of getting loud for mental health.

The campaign encourages staff at organizations across Ontario to light up local buildings or landmarks in green, to wear green attire during the week, or spread the word about the importance of mental health and timely care through social media messaging.

Last year, more than 70 landmarks, organizations and buildings across Ontario were lit green for Mental Health Week (see full list here). CMHA Ontario and Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) are joining forces again this year for this important awareness initiative.

Young people have mental health issues that need to be recognised early, and the Upper Canada District School Board is encouraging school and families to participate in the Shine Green for Mental Health Campaign The Board will spread awareness about making mental health a priority by participating in the province-wide campaign in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association and Children’s Mental Health Ontario. The Board is encouraging staff at its schools and administrative buildings to participate in the week through many different activities and shows of support.

To find out more about how to get involved and Get Loud, visit the CMHA site at www.getloud.mentalhealthweek.ca. You can write a letter to your Member of Parliament via the site, donate to the CHMA, and post your support to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. #GETLOUD.

IN CRISIS? Call the Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600

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