Mental Illness Awareness Week September 30 – October 6, 2018
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is a Canadian public education campaign. It was designed to help educate Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week began in 1992 when the Canadian Psychiatric Association launched it. Today it is coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). CAMIMH member organizations and many other supporters across Canada participate in the week.
“It’s a big dream, but it’s going to happen.”
If you tuned into CBC’s Here and Now and the CBC news on World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, 2018, you may have heard and seen Eli’s Place co-founders David & Deborah Cooper discussing the loss of their son Eli – and their dream to fill the gap in Canada’s Mental Health Care system for young adults of his age group. This is the Coopers’ way of channeling grief into action.
Listen to the interview:
World Suicide Prevention Day is on September 10th. It’s an opportunity for everyone in the community – the public, charitable organizations, communities, researchers, clinicians, practitioners, politicians and policy makers, volunteers, those with lived experience of suicide attempts or loss, and other interested groups and individuals – to join together to promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities. We at Eli’s Place feel strongly that the topic of suicide should be openly discussed, even though it may be uncomfortable.