Mental Health Canada

Mental Health Canada

October 03, 2007 11:07 ET

Mental Illness Awareness Expo at Metro Hall Rotunda

HOSTED BY: MENTAL HEALTH CANADA, 7:30 A.M., FRIDAY OCTOBER 5, 2007

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2007) - Mental Health Canada is pleased to commemorate Mental Illness Awareness Week in Canada by having an Expo at Metro Hall Rotunda.

"There is no health without mental health" emphasizes Rose Marie Donovan, Director, Mental Health Canada. Mental illness affects not only the individual but their family and friends. 1 in 5 Canadians will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime, Health Minister Clement reports.

All too often diagnoses become labels and stigmatization can be very damaging. Instead of an individual being seen as a family member, employee or student, one is seen as a schizophrenic or bipolar and that sums them up. The cost of stigma is high. It prevents many people living with mental problems from leading normal lives, and deters people from seeking treatment.

Mental Health Canada is pleased to partner with Mental Notes in producing a sponsored peer-reviewed magazine for physicians as a waiting room copy. Our goal is to educate physicians and their patients on mental health concerns in all phases of the life cycle.

Mental Health Canada along with Mental Notes, CAMH, Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health, Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation, Mood Disorders Association, Alzheimer Society, Aspergers Society, CADDAC, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society and other agencies will be present to assist the public in gaining further knowledge about mental health issues affecting Canadians.

www.mentalhealthcanada.com was created to assist Canadians in their search for improved mental health, and cultivating a better quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.

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