Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 2 to 8 and World Mental Health Day, Oct. 10

September 26, 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week (October 2-8) is a time to raise awareness and educate the public about the reality of mental illness. This week coincides with World Mental Health Day on October 10.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, in any given year, one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Poor mental health is not necessarily caused by one thing or one event. It is caused by a complex combination of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors.

With their expertise and compassion, nurses and health-care workers can help educate the public and remove the stigma around mental illness.

World Mental Health Day

The World Health Organization declared October 10 as World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. This year’s World Mental Health Day focuses on Making Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority and building a future where quality mental health services are accessible worldwide.

During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels and endorsed WHO’s Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2030, including the Plan’s updated implementation options and indicators for measuring progress. Some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations and the WHO World Mental Health Day campaign will showcase their efforts as an inspiration to others.

Visit the WHO's World Mental Health Day website for campaign information, resources and testimonials.

ONA hosts open member forum

To support ongoing conversations about mental health, ONA is organizing an open forum for members to learn about resources available to us and workplace strategies to support mental wellness. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting opportunity.



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If you are struggling with mental illness, anxiety or burnout, please reach out for help. Free, confidential virtual support is available 24/7 through Wellness Together Canada.