Talking About Mental Illness Grade 9-12 (TAMI)


Talking About Mental Illness (T.A.M.I.) is a program that was designed predominantly for secondary school students in 2001 by the Canadian Mental Health Association & the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. This program increases awareness about mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it.


Communities are proving they can make a difference through education and awareness programs. TAMI helps to increase the understanding of mental health/illness. It is intended to dispel common misconceptions regarding mental disorders and those living with a mental illness. Students are introduced to various topics such as Mental Health/Illness, Types of Disorders, suicideTALK, Stress Management and when possible a testimonial from a person with lived experience. The comprehensive 4-5 session package has been designed to meet the mental health component identified for the Grade 11 Health and Physical Education course.


*Please note that session 5 is optional and available based on speaker availability.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health restrictions, a modified and condensed version of the TAMI program is being offered to schools virtually and pre-recordings will be made available.

For more information, please contact Mental Health Promoter, Angele D’Alessio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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