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Mental Health Week 2017 – Media Release

The 66th annual CMHA Mental Health Week begins this Monday, May 1. Canadians are hearing the Canadian Mental Health Association’s call to GET LOUD for mental health and they are raising their voices to end discrimination, stigma and shame at

“I think of ‘getting loud’ as a giant megaphone for mental health. The people we love, and the people we elect need to hear that mental health is an essential part of health, and of health care,” says Dr. Patrick Smith, National CEO, CMHA.

From May 1-7 2017, the CMHA Mental Health Week website ( is the go-to site for getting loud for mental health. Canadians can join the CMHA Mental Health Week Thunderclap and share their social networks for one momentous message; they can send a letter directly to their own MPs, declaring that they are sick of waiting for mental health to top the agenda. And they can make a donation of any amount to support CMHA’s work.

This CMHA Mental Health Week, CMHA is also pleased to partner with singer-songwriter Rob Murphy to present his song, “300 Days.” The song tells the tragic story of a young woman who died by suicide while waiting for care. The video is embedded in this release and is also available at

CMHA Mental Health Week was introduced in 1951 and since then has become a Canadian tradition. It offers Canadians practical ways to maintain and improve their mental health and support their recovery from mental illness. It also provides Canadians a forum to speak up about how mental health affects them and the people they care about.


About the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in hundreds of neighbourhoods across every province, CMHA provides advocacy and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.

Available for comment:
Dr. Patrick Smith, National CEO
Mark Henick, National Director, Strategic Initiatives

For media inquiries, please contact:
Deb Wise Harris,
(416) 646-5557 ext. 24924

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