Mental Illness Awareness Week runs from October 3-9, 2021. Each year, millions of Canadians face the reality of living with a mental health condition.  However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers.  To raise awareness and provide support, the Mental Illness Awareness Week is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness.

How to Support a Colleague Experiencing Depression

  • Simply be there for them.  Show them that they are not alone and that there’s someone they can turn to for support
  • Show vulnerability.  Start a dialogue in a way that someone doesn’t feel uncomfortable or ashamed to talk.
  • Offer Resources.  Many times it’s easier to talk about really personal topics with a stranger rather than a trusted friend or romantic partner.  You can connect them with a mental health care provider, community support, or distress lines.

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

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