Mental Health Week is May 2 – 8, 2022
Every year since 1951, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has hosted Mental Health Week in the first full week in May, making 2022 the 71st year. Mental Health Week is a Canadian tradition, with communities, schools and workplaces rallying to celebrate, protect and promote mental health. This year, the theme is empathy.
- When someone is struggling, you don’t have to fix their pain. Tune in and see through their eyes. This is empathy.
- You can understand even if you don’t agree. Understand someone’s feelings. This is empathy.
- We may be different but we’re not on different sides. See the world as others do. This is empathy.
The campaign calls for us to #GetReal about how we really feel and is based on the insight that people in Canada commonly ask one another how we are but that it is also common not to provide – or expect – a truthful answer. Many of us say we’re fine, even when we don’t mean it. ‘Fine’ keeps us at arm’s length from real social connections with others. Every time we just go through the motions, we miss a chance to connect with others in a meaningful way. Each year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness or mental health issue, but 5 in 5 Canadians have mental health—we all need social connection.
Engage with us on social media using the hashtags #GetReal #GetLoud and #MentalHealthWeek.
Twitter – @CU_HWP
Facebook – Healthy Workplace Carleton University
Healthy Workplace has organized a variety of events during Mental Health Week and beyond to provide Carleton faculty and staff with opportunities to connect and build community. We hope you’ll join us!
Mental Health Resources and Supports
At Carleton University, we take a holistic approach to supporting mental health in the workplace. You can find out more about the various resources and supports available on the Workplace Mental Health page.