Mental Illness Awareness Week

Published on October 07, 2020

This week marks Mental Illness Awareness Week. This week is recognized as a way to help open the eyes of Ontarians and all Canadians to the realities of mental illness, and gives us an opportunity to check in on our mental health. During the week of October 5 – 10, we encourage all of you to have conversations with your family, and friends about the realities of mental illness and the many treatment options that are available, so we can help raise awareness around this problem that affects over one million Ontarians each year. In addition, this coming Saturday (October 10) marks the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day – which coincides with the last day of Mental Illness Awareness Week.


There is nothing more important to this government than protecting the health and wellbeing of every Ontarian, and that includes mental health. During Mental Illness Awareness Week, and we are encouraging Ontarians to learn more about what can be done to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and the different resources and supports that are available in our communities.


Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen thousands of Ontarians reach out for help, and it has been our mission to ensure that Ontarians of all ages who need the extra help, are able to access the supports they need - when and where they need them.


Right before the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario, we unveiled our plan to address the long-standing gaps and issues within the system through the release of Roadmap to Wellness: A Plan to Build Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions System. The government is committed to ensuring the Roadmap is a success, and that’s why we are investing $3.8 billion over 10 years to create new services and expand programs.


We look forward to working with all partners within the sector to identify new opportunities for funding, so we can ensure all Ontarians have access to the highest quality mental health and addictions services and supports, when and where they need them. This week, all Ontarians can make a difference in their own way and help those in our community who are facing mental health challenges. We can reach out to people who may be struggling with a mental health challenge, let them know they are not alone, and that support is available.


By working together, we can help break the stigma around mental illness, and provide better care for people facing mental health challenges in our communities.


Get support today:


BounceBack® Ontario is a free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that provides guided #MentalHealth self-help supports for adults and youth 15+ using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching. Call: 1-866-345-0224  


Take steps to promote healthy minds and prevent mental health problems in your workplace: