Mental Health Week May 3rd to 7th

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photo credit: VinothChandar(AWAY)

I don’t think there’s any human who hasn’t experienced depression even in its mildest form. I certainly have (even if only twice in my life). I have previously talked to many of my friends about how in Spanish, we don’t talk about “mental illnesses” (enfermedades mentales). We talk about mental health (salud mental). When I moved to Vancouver, I realized how much stigma was associated with mental illnesses. It’s like what cancer was a decade or so ago. It became an invisible disease.

For the past couple of years, I have helped co-organize (with my very good friend Isabella Mori) Mental Health Camp Vancouver, a one-of-a-kind unconference on exploring the intersection of social media and mental health. Depression has afflicted and continues to affect many people that I love, several of them whom I discovered through blogging. Mental Health Camp was launched as a result of the great work that Airdrie Miller put into organizing the panel “Coping Digitally” at Northern Voice 2009 (read my liveblog of the session here).

Thus, while my research expertise is not in the field of mental health, I have become a bit of an advocate for the cause, particularly because I have many friends whom I love profoundly who have been afflicted by depression, ADHD, bipolarism, etc. I like using whatever little exposure my blog has to promote these worthy causes. And it is in this context that I am delighted that there is a Mental Health Week from May 3rd to May 7th, launched by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

The media release to which I linked above lists all the local events that will take place around the Lower Mainland.

Since 1951, the first week of May has been celebrated as Mental Health Week, with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) leading the national campaign. It’s a time when CMHA branches and other groups remind us that there is no health without mental health. CMHA branches host events that increase respect for people with mental illness and promote good mental health for everyone.

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Camp Vancouver is “Breaking Our Silence: Setting Us Free”. Help spread the word about Mental Health Week and MHCYVR10 if you can. Thank you.

To follow more news on Mental Health, follow the CMHA Vancouver Branch and the Canadian Mental Health Association on Twitter.

Related posts:

  1. Mental Health Week 2012 (May 7-13) Canadian Mental Health Association
  2. Mental Health Week 2011 (May 1-7)
  3. Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2011: Diversity in Mental Health
  4. Top Chefs for Mental Health (fundraiser for BC Mental Health Foundation)
  5. The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health

Comments (2)

CAMH’s Mental Health Week 2010May 3rd, 2010 at 12:29 pm

[...] Raul’s post over at Hummingbird604, I thought I’d take a quick moment to write in support of the Canadian [...]

StephanieMay 4th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Raul, if there’s anything I can do to help with the Mental Health Camp 2010, in particular on the topic of postpartum depression, please let me know.

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