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mental health mondays :: #getloud with the cmha

this week, we're going green!
when i promised that i'd be continuing the series i'd started on personality disorders, i didn't realise that this week marks the start of the annual canadian mental health association's annual awareness week. this year, as last, they're using the hashtag #getloud to encourage people both to talk about mental health issues and to raise their voice in support of increased mental health funding for canadians. [of course, you could just as easily use the opportunity to increase the call for increased funding wherever you are in the world.]

and in case you think this is all about hollering "more money", without a plan as to how it should be used, you should check out the specific objectives of the cmha plan, especially the mental health transition and innovation fund [link goes to pdf].

there are a number of ways that you can get loud/ involved, which range from wearing green to hosting fundraising events, all of which are outlined here.

i think it's pretty clear that one of the main ways that i think people can help increase awareness of [and funding for] mental illness is through spreading information on all of its facets. as a result, i have several years worth of mental health mondays posts, which you are free to peruse at your leisure. if i may be so bold, you might want to check out this post i did for the last canadian federal election on the policies of various parties on mental health, since it has a list of questions that still need to be answered by politicians.

so, yes, the personality disorders posts will return next week, for realsies, in this space. but for this week, i'm just going to be content with encouraging everyone to talk about these issues and to do whatever they can to create a climate where those discussions can be had out in the open, where they can benefit the most people and where they can yield results.

yours in loudness,
kate

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