Mental Illness Awareness Week starts today

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness.

The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.

One of MIAW’s major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national outreach campaign featuring the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Thousands of pieces of MIAW materials featuring the Faces are disseminated to hundreds of organizations across Canada in an effort to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness.


Want to help share Mental Illness Awareness Week with your friends and followers? Below are some messages that you can share on social media.

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Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in a given year?

Want to learn more about Mental Illness Awareness Week? Visit #MIAW17

No one should have to feel alone on the road to recovery with #mentalillness.
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