CMHA Speak Up for Mental Health Survey Invites Community Voices to Plan Mental Health Education in Central Alberta
Red Deer, November 6, 2017: Canadian Mental Health Association Central Alberta has been committed to improving the mental health and wellness in our community through education since its founding over 50 years ago. Today they are pleased to announce the 2017 Speak Up for Mental Health campaign, beginning with a survey, available on-line, and in hard copy, to gather the opinions of people throughout Central Alberta about what mental health and wellness education should look like in the coming years.
People can take the survey on-line by going to www.speakupformentahealth.com or visiting the CMHA website at www.reddeer.cmha.ca. To get a paper copy of the survey sent to you, or for more information, call 403-342-2266. Survey responses will be collected until December 28, 2017.
According to Theresa Therriault, CMHA Manager of Programs, “By educating the general public, we reduce stigma, which, in turn improves people’s chances to live satisfying and productive lives as valued members of the community. The Speak Up for Mental Health campaign is an important part of CMHA’s commitment to end stigma and make this a reality for all Central Albertans.”
Therriault, went on to say, “Education alone may not prevent mental illness and substance abuse, but through education we can help individuals with these challenges, and their families, learn the facts, explore strategies for recovery and develop the skills to manage their lives. Mental health is more than treatment of illness, it is also about wellness, and includes education about such things as work-life balance and managing stress.”
The Speak Up for Mental Health Survey will help CMHA create new educational programs that are responsive to community needs and that reflect the best of the innovative and well-tested educational programs that are available.
The survey looks at needs in the following four areas: relationships and communication; mental health services and treatment; workplace mental health; and mental health recovery and wellness. People answering the survey will also be able to weigh in on the importance of addiction education in these areas.
CMHA is reaching out to all of Central Alberta, not just people who live and work in the City of Red Deer. They hope to get respondents who themselves use services, family members and friends, the general community, and a wide variety of service providers.
Canadian Mental Health Association, Central Alberta Region