Mental Health Week 2023
1 May 2023
Every year in May, Canada comes together to recognize Mental Health Week (MHW). Established in 1951 by the Canadian Mental Health Association, this week encourages Canadians to learn and talk with others about mental health issues.
This years’ theme: My Story
Each year 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness or mental health issue. Mental illness or mental health issues can affect all Canadians, regardless of age, culture, education, or income level. Everyone has mental health, and everyone can face challenges to our mental well-being. Especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now more aware than ever how important mental health is to our overall health and well-being.
The theme of this year’s MHW is My Story, which highlights that we all have different, yet equally valuable stories which can be used to share one meaningful message, that we must work together to reduce the barriers so many face when seeking mental health support. Because after all, mental health is health.
This week, all Canadians are encouraged to share their story. To be open, honest, and supportive towards one another to help decrease the stigma around mental illness or mental health issues, and to encourage those in need to seek out support.
For more information and resources on mental health in Ontario, visit our Mental Health webpage.