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Mental Health Week, May 7-13

April 27, 2018

​The North Eastern Ontario Mental Health Week Committee (NEOMHWC), is reminding the community that May 7 to 13, 2018 is Mental Health Week. In honour of Mental Health Week the committee is promoting their Five Ways to Well-Being Campaign, which is a set of five simple, evidenced-based actions that can improve well-being in everyday life for anyone.

“Despite our busy lives, there are simple actions we all can do to improve our mental wellness,” says Stephanie Gravel, Public Health Nurse from the Porcupine Health Unit. “The Five Ways to Well-Being are an effective way to help people be happy, fulfilled and engaged in our community.”

Each weekday of Mental Health Week, the NEOMHWC will be promoting one of the five actions: connect, take notice, be active, keep learning and give. “We are also encouraging everyone to participate by sharing your examples of how your implementing the Five Ways to Well-Being on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and using the hashtags #MHW2018 and #5Ways,” states Andréanne Denis, Communications Manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association. “It can be something as easy as taking time to enjoy the small things in life, trying something new or doing something nice for a friend or, better yet, a stranger”, added Kim McEnTee Mental Health Lead at the Northeastern Catholic District School Board.

The Committee invites everyone to join them in celebrating mental health and well-being by following the campaign on Facebook by following each participating agency. “Our mental well-being is influenced by many aspects of our lives, such as our activity level, eating habits and sleep schedule. Everyone can benefit from understanding the skills we can use to help improve mental health and resiliency,” says Denise Plante-Dupuis, Mental Health Lead at the District School Board Ontario North East.

The North Eastern Ontario Mental Health Week Committee is a volunteer community group with members from the Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane-Timiskaming Branch, Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes-Rivières, Conseil scolaire public du Nord Est, District School Board Ontario North East, Northeastern
Catholic District School Board, Porcupine Health Unit, and the Timiskaming Health Unit. The committee works to collaboratively to increase awareness of Mental Health services in the Timiskaming and Cochrane Districts as well as to promote wellness and mental health in our communities for mental health week, which is held during the first week of May.

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View the Original Media Release from April 27, 2018:

Media Release - Mental Health Week 2018.pdf


The FIVE WAYS to Well-Being: