CMHA Kelowna urges the community to Get Loud about mental health.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna kicks off CMHA’s 66th Annual Mental Health Week (May 1-7) by issuing a call to action to our community to speak up and GET LOUD for better access to the mental health services individuals and families need.
“Mental Health Week is important because it gets us talking about something that affects each and every one of us,” says Mayor Colin Basran. “This week puts an exclamation mark on the need to Get Loud about mental health in our community”.
1 in 7 young people in our community struggle with mental health issues. 75% of mental illness starts in childhood. The sad fact is that less than a 30% of those who need help actually get it. “CMHA Kelowna believes in a mentally healthy community – one where people aren’t afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. A community where the right help is available at the right time. One of the biggest barriers we face is stigma that is perpetuated by silence.” Says Shelagh Turner, Executive Director of CMHA Kelowna. [Read more…]