Mental Health Awareness Day

February 8th is Mental Health Awareness Day, a day aimed at addressing the stigma associated with mental health.

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and the remaining four will be affected through a friend, family member or colleague. However, one of the biggest hurdles for health professionals trying to address those issues is the stigma surrounding mental health.

CAMH statistics show that just 50 per cent of Canadians would tell friends or co-workers that they have a family member with mental illness, compared with 72 per cent who would openly discuss a cancer diagnosis or 68 per cent who would discuss diabetes.

Separately, an article in the NY Times 2 days ago indicated that studies show working long hours is a significant contributor to depression. For about five years, they collected data on 2,000 British civil servants. All of the workers had no mental health problems at the outset. Ultimately, the men and women who routinely worked 11 hours a day or more had more than double the risk of developing depression compared with those who usually worked eight hours or less. Read more:


How do we create mentally healthy safe workplaces? Read some suggestions:


About alirunner

Officially: Wellness Manager at UHN; background - Physiotherapy (what a portable profession that turned out to be!). Outside of work I'm a student (part-time U of T), mom of 2 teenagers (super, super scary) and wanna-be marathon runner with a first marathon goal date of October 16, 2011. Likes: FOOD, food and food (the real reason that I run), getting outdoors, seeing new places, G n T's and newly discovered carb-loaded gel packs that enable one to keep on running...What else? Arrived from UK 20 years ago to work in Canada for a year and still not visited Italy.

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