Sunday, 31 May, 2020

Mental Health Week a chance to 'get loud' about wellness

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Gustavo Carr | 12 May, 2019, 07:23

Editor's note: In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Banner will be publishing a series of commentaries provided by the Vermont Care Partners, a statewide network of 16 non-profit community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use, and intellectual and developmental disability services and support.

Attention is focused on children this week, which is Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.

Big Lots first made a transformational commitment to childhood mental health in 2016 with a $50 million dollar gift announcement to support the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion and Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's.

Part of the goal of mental health awareness month is to lessen the stigma associated with mental health disorders. This program had its inception in the United States in 1949 and has since been adopted by other organizations internationally.

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"It's just a celebration of wellness and mental health, an event that shows we all are working together, side-by-side to help our youth", she said. A mental illness is an illness and it affects the way people think, feel, behave, or interact with others. Allison Stephens of Nevada PEP says mental health conditions should be treated no differently than if someone were to be injured physically. "Mental health is the only chronic health condition where we are waiting to stage four of the disorder before we're doing anything". According to Rethink Mental Illness, "being mentally healthy is about having the strength to overcome the difficulties and challenges we can all face in our lives and to have confidence and self-esteem to be able to make decisions and to believe in ourselves".

One in five people live with a mental illness, and 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses start by age 14.* The On Our Sleeves movement addresses these staggering statistics by providing educational resources, advocacy tools and philanthropic opportunities at

Edwards is hopeful his research will help identify high-risk groups and be used by upper levels of government to create policy that improves mental health services for Canadian immigrant and refugees. Receiving mental health treatment should not be considered a privilege, but a right to all people who suffer from the range of debilitating illnesses.