Mental Health Awareness Week: Two upcoming community forums and quality services

­­­May 7-13, 2012 is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the Halton Region Health Department (HRHD), along with some of our community partners, is holding two community forums through the Halton Region Talking about Addictions and Mental Illness program (TAMI).  The forums, entitled “Mental Health – Increasing Awareness and Understanding,” aim to increase knowledge about mental health and decrease the stigma associated with it.  Each evening will include a presentation by the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario and a speaker sharing her personal experience with mental illness.

During this special week, the HRHD also wants to emphasize that support is available in Halton, either through the department or other community organizations, for those suffering with a mental illness or for the families who support them. Some available services include the North Halton Mental Health Clinic, the Mental Health Liaison Program in Halton schools, ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) and many more.

Unfortunately, the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness is the biggest barrier to families getting the support they need. That’s why these TAMI events are so important and why residents in Halton need to know that help is available.

The two TAMI events are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about mental health, mental illness and addiction. The dates and locations are:

Monday, May 7, 2012

  • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • South campus cafeteria at White Oaks Secondary School
  • 1330 Montclair Dr.,Oakville

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

  • 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Library at Robert Bateman High School
  • 5151 New St.,Burlington

Please register at www.halton.ca/TAMIevent or dial 311 or 905-825-6000.

To find out more about the programs and services available in Halton, please dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/mentalhealth.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”