May Flowers and Mental Health Month!

on May 03, 2012

by Kiera

For me time continues to pass in the blink of an eye…as I’m sure it does for many of you. Before we know it we’re in the month of May! May is a special month for me, not only because after all the rain we’ve endured over the last month the flowers are blooming, or because it’s the month that I celebrate my birthday, but also because it is Mental Health Month!

In the US, May as Mental Health month began in 1949 to raise awareness about mental health conditions and mental wellness for all. In Canada, May is also mental health month, but much of the history is not well known. What we do know is that there are many inspiring events in the month of May to raise awareness about mental health and mental wellness.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) celebrates National Mental Health Week during the first week of May. The event encourages all Canadians to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on mental health issues. This year the theme is Mental Health for All and takes place from May 7-13. Key topics include stress among children, resiliency at home, work and school, and mental health as everyone’s concern. There will be many exciting events in communities across Canada that will help the public gain a broader understanding of mental health and wellness.

Another event that happens in the month of May is Child and Youth Mental Health Day. On May 7 the Institute of Families, in cooperation with partners across the country, leads this national campaign that aims to help create public awareness about the mental health support that is needed by children, youth and families in Canada.

All of these events help to bring to light the importance of mental health in the lives of all Canadians. Whether you know someone who has experienced challenges, have experienced challenges yourself, or want to enhance your own mental well-being and that of your family, everyone can benefit from learning more and talking more about mental health issues.

During the month of May, I would encourage everyone to continue to have conversations around mental health and mental wellness. Only by talking about these issues together can we really begin to make a difference.

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BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

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RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.