On Friday, October 6, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is holding its thirteenth annual Mental Illness Awareness Walk.

Mental Illness Awareness Week, or MIAW (Oct. 2 to 8, 2017) is an event organized by the CMHA in an effort to educate the general population and improve the lives of those with mental health issues. One in five Canadians will experience mental health challenges during their lifetime.

According to the CMHA, education is key to the cause; with as many myths and misconceptions as this subject has, it can be difficult to convince people to change their views. But the Canadian Mental Health Association has important truths to share.

Mental health challenges can come in many forms. Mental health issues can include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, personality disorders, or organic brain disorders. Furthermore, every brain is different: each person’s experience is unique.

The CMHA wishes to shed light on the questions that those with mental health challenges and their loved ones have, and encourages people to seek help. The Mental Illness Awareness Walk is a way to bring together those who seek to further their cause.

The walk departs from the Centre Chrétien Viens et Vois at 429, Mary St. in Hawkesbury at 10 a.m. Afterwards, participants will be served a free lunch and attend an ending ceremony.

Registration is free – simply write to [email protected] or call 1-800-493-8271. To donate to the organization, visit CMHA’s website at www.cmha-east.on.ca.