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One in five Canadians will experience mental illness during their lifetime. It’s crucial that we educate Canadians about the nature of mental illness and reduce the stigma associated with the disease. A number of myths have led to misunderstandings about mental illness, preventing many people from seeking and getting help when they need it. All of us can make a difference for the nearly 6 million Canadians affected by mental illnesses.

Mental Illness Awareness Week brings us some fundamental messages:

Reach out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to ask how you can help. This is a message for the family as well as for the person who is suffering alone and for all of us who know someone in trouble.

Get help early. Early intervention and treatment reduce long term disability from mental illness.

Talk about it. Share your stories to help others understand.

Share the care. Treatment and support of people with mental illness involves many types of caregivers; each has an important role to play.

Hope. While there are no cures for severe mental illnesses, improved treatments and community supports offer increased hope for recovery from its symptoms and a better quality of life.

Respect differences. People with mental illnesses and their families are as diverse as the general population.

Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents sufferers from seeking the help they need, impairs recovery, affects the quality and availability of care and needed supports and even takes lives. Stigma also continues to keep mental health low on the health agenda.
Mental illness knows no boundaries; it can affect all people, regardless of age, culture, income and education.

We all have a role to play.



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Hawkesbury thank you sponsors 2017 




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If you register a group of 10ppl min – 30ppl max from your agency , business or school for a chance to win a pizza lunch courtesy of:


Please note: You must register by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 613-933-5845 to be entered in the draw
Winner will be announced at the event (must be present to win). Provide contact name, organization and # of people attending.

We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at this year’s 14th annual Mental Illness Awareness Walk !



Cornwall Gift Sponsors for the 2017 MIAW 


Join us for our 14th Annual Mental Illness Awareness Walk for your chance to win great door prizes from the following:

SDG sponsors for MIAW 2017 

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As Mental Illness Awareness Week comes to a close CMHA Champlain East would like to thank local sponsors in the Cornwall & Hawkesbury region for their generous contribution to this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Walk. La semaine de sensibilisation aux maladies mentales est terminée et l'ACSM de Champlain Est souhaite remercier les généreux commanditaires locaux des régions de Cornwall et de Hawkesbury pour leur contribution à la marche de sensibilisation aux maladies mentales. 













FACE IT: Mental illness concerns us all.