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#GETLOUD for Mental Health Week

May 1-7 is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 66th annual Mental Health Week. It is a chance to #GETLOUD by speaking out and challenging the stigma and discrimination that too often accompany mental illness. It’s an opportunity to build support for those people in our lives – friends, family members, co-workers, neighbours – who face mental health challenges.

One in five Canadians experience a mental health issue or illness each year. That impacts all of us, in our communities, at home and at work. Countless Canadians aren't getting the care they need and then end up in emergency rooms looking for help.

With most adults spending more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, addressing mental health in the workplace is especially critical. For many years, Canadian unions have been involved in building workplaces that support mental as well as physical health and safety.

What unions like PIPSC are doing

We:

  • Promote awareness of mental health and negotiate access to mental health benefits and employee assistance programs to ensure workers get the help they need. Unions also help ensure workers with mental illnesses are accommodated at work.
  • Work to address workplace harassment and bullying, directly with employers and with courses for members.
  • Challenge discrimination at work, recognizing that sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and ableism are risk factors for poor mental health.

What you can do

You can:

  • Speak up. Talk openly about mental health. Talking openly about mental health, with people you feel safe with, can end the silence and shame around mental health problems.
  • Be a friend to someone you know is struggling. You can be the friend who opens up a conversation.
  • #GETLOUD on social media: check out the CMHA toolkit for shareable images and sample posts and tweets.

Download the poster (pdf)

Get Loud

Order stickers at BetterTogether@pipsc.ca or click on the image to download it and post it on your Facebook page.

Get Loud

 

Publish Date: 28-APR-2017 10:45 AM