CMHA Mental Health Week

April 25, 2022

Each year, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) holds CMHA Mental Health Week in the first full week of May. This is a time for communities, schools and workplaces to rally together to protect and promote mental health. In 2022, we celebrate the 71st annual CMHA Mental Health Week from May 2-8.

The focus of this year's CMHA Mental Health Week is empathy. Empathy is the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in their situation. It’s a simple concept, but it may be the very thing we humans need most. We are three years into a global pandemic that has impacted us all. We share trauma and grief, and while it has left its mark on some more than others, it is clearer now that we’re as much the same as we are different.

Follow CMHA Mental Health Week on social media, using the hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek

Mental Health Injuries

COVID’s unprecedented circumstances have increased the risk of PTSD, depression, substance misuse and even suicide among nurses and health-care professionals.

We do have solutions that can help our colleagues through this challenging time. The government, employers, unions and associations must work together to instill early intervention and supports. These can include:

  • Increasing the level of mental health supports for nurses and health-care workers.
  • Improving access to mental health training and enhance coping strategies.
  • Implementing evidence-based return-to-work programs for workers.

But the most important thing we can do is to fix the conditions that are contributing to this situation in the first place. We must address the chronic understaffing that is putting incredible pressure on workers to care for more and more patients with shrinking supports. We must act now to put in place policies that improve health-care staffing and ensure the right skill mix.

There is so much that must be done to support and improve mental health in nurses and health-care professionals.