You may be hearing even more news about mental health in the month of October. That’s because:
- The entire month is deemed Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month (with a focus on mental health)
- Tuesday, Oct. 1st through to Sunday, Oct. 6 is Mental Illness Awareness Week
- Thursday, Oct. 10th is World Mental Health Day
The theme of Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month is “Fostering Healthy Minds at Work…the mental health connection.” The coordinators of this event state that the importance of mental health at work has significant focus this year because of the release of the new National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the first national standard of its kind in the world.
Read more about Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month.
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) also has a national scope. MIAW is a public education campaign coordinated every year by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. The week is designed to increase Canadian’s understanding of the reality of mental illness. A major initiative of the week is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, which features stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness.
Read more about Mental lllness Awareness Week.
Every October 10th is World Mental Health Day. The day is supported by initiatives from the World Federation of Mental Health and the World Health Organization. Both organizations use the day to encourage nations around the world to raise awareness about mental health.
Read more about World Mental Health Day.