Get Loud for Mental Health

Posted On Friday April 26, 2019

Mental Health Week runs May 5-May 11 throughout the province. The stigma attached to mental illnesses presents a barrier for diagnosis and deters people from seeking treatment. Mental Health Week is about breaking down those barriers – letting people know it is okay and imperative to talk about mental health.

Mental Health affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness each year; that is 861,400 Albertans. By age 40 one in two people will have either experienced or be affected by a mental health illness. Almost half of the people who suffer from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem. Undiagnosed mental health issues often lead to suicide making suicide one of the leading causes of death in Canada.

Take time to learn about Mental Health and the support available in your community by participating in activities scheduled throughout the week.

Participate in Mental Health Week:

  • Take Care of Your Mental Health Photoshoot - May 5 (St. Peter Apostle High School, 9a.m.-6p.m. $50) Mental Health Mixer – May 6 (TransAlta TriLeisure Centre, 10-11a.m. FREE)
  • Wear Green Day - May 8
  • Wabamun Pedestrian Parade – May 8 (Wabamun School, 11:30-1:30 p.m. FREE)
  • Stony Plain Pedestrian Parade – May 10 (Heritage Park 11:30-1:30 p.m. FREE)
  • Spruce Grove Pedestrian Parade – May 10 (Brookwood Field, 11:30-1:30 p.m.FREE)
  • Darkness Into the Light 5KM Walk - May 11 Victoria Park Pavilion, Edmonton 4:15 a.m. Pre-register for a bus to the walk through FCSS Stony Plain.

For more information, contact Stony Plain FCSS.