Approach to childrens mental health changing: Calgary trauma expert

Approach to childrens mental health changing: Calgary trauma expert

"No one should feel ashamed of talking about mental health problems and we want to break the culture of silence around mental health in the workplace", said Tracey Orr, support services executive, who has spearheaded the society's efforts to tackle the issue.

The free event will take place at the Eureka Theater during May 6 Arts Alive.

CMHA encourages everyone to raise their voices and to be more vocal about depression and other mental health topics.

Services such as in-school counsellors and other mental health services were found to be cut back as purse strings were increasingly tightened due to the government reportedly providing inadequate funding for education.

And Mr Coleman today will confirm the May 25 Budget will include new funding for mental health and addiction services as part of the social investment package - although stressing most work will operate within existing baselines.

Associate Health Minister Brandy Payne also addressed the crowd and said providing mental health services, especially for young people, is a priority for the NDP.

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"25 years ago I set up MHAGS - which runs a user-led day centre for people with mental health issues".

Campaign Coordinator Simon Oosterman says the Governments ongoing denial of the mental health crisis is astounding.

Evolve manager Kirsten Smith said this week that young people are asking for help but "services across the board are unable to keep up with the level of demand".

The open house is being held during the month of May, which traditionally has been designated as National Mental Health Awareness Month.

A crowd-funded report released last month also called for an urgent review and funding boosts for the sector. "We know that timely access is necessary, and that is why we are working with universities and colleges across Ontario to ensure students can get quality help when and where they need it".

This would adversely impact tens of thousands of New Jersey residents in need, says Debra Wentz, president and CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies in Trenton. Mental Health America has also created an interactive quiz at www.mentalhealthamerica.net/whatstoofar to learn from Americans when they think specific behaviors or habits go from being acceptable to unhealthy.

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