This week is Mental Health Week and the Canadian Mental Health Association says that although physical health is important, mental wellbeing is often overlooked because of the stigma attached to it. 27 per cent of Canadians say they are fearful of people diagnosed with a mental illness, even though half of the country says they have suffered from some form it in their life.
CMHA is asking all Canadians to learn, talk and engage with one another about mental illness and its effects on each of us.
Rick Hanson, Calgary’s chief of police, is doing just that. Here’s what he had to say last month at United Way’s AGM.
Do you or someone close to you need help and don’t know where to turn? Call 211.
—Jodi Egan is a marketing and communications intern at United Way of Calgary and Area.