Shining green in Durham for CMHA’s Mental Health Week

Images of landmarks illuminated green for Mental Health Week

Campuses of UOIT and Durham College are shining green during CMHA’s Mental Health Week (May 1-7) to #GETLOUD and raise awareness about the importance of addressing our mental health.

Having these sites go green is a very public way to remind the community that it’s important to talk about mental health and further fight the stigma and discrimination associated with the
issue.
The local illumination campaign is part of a larger provincewide campaign that has resulted in more than 50 sites going green for Mental Health Week.“This green campaign is a simple but
effective way to show people in our community that we all need to consider our mental health like our physical health,” said Mireille Huneault Health Promotions and Public Relations for
CMHA Durham. “Imagine the progress we can make if we allow ourselves to talk about mental health the way we
talk about cancer or other serious illnesses.”
It’s not too late to join the local shine green movement. Local businesses, community organizations, churches and other partners are invited to get in on the action. Participating is easy.
Visit www.greenformentalhealth.ca and tell us what site you’ll light green.
No building to light up? No problem. Individuals can also take part by wearing green or taking pictures near sites illuminated green throughout the province and sharing them on social media
using the hashtag #GETLOUD.
Fast Facts:
  • One in five Canadians will experience mental health problems or mental illness in any given year.
  • 70 percent of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
  • The burden of mental illnesses and addictions in Ontario is more than 1.5 times the burden of all cancers, and seven times the burden of all infectious diseases.

UOIT logo for Shine Green campaign Durham College logo for Shine Green campaign