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Mental Health Awareness Week: May 1-7, 2017

The following is a message from Alberta Deputy Minister, Curtis Clarke:

I would like to invite you to help me get the word out about Mental Health Awareness Week, taking place this year from May 1 to May 7.

A focus on positive mental health for students, families, schools and communities contributes to building welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that respect diversity and foster a sense of belonging. Students who are mentally healthy are better able to achieve success, are more resilient and are more likely to build healthy relationships.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association and Global Television, which have joined together to promote Hats On! For Mental Health. On Wednesday May 3, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Schools can participate by encouraging both students and staff to wear hats, and by engaging in conversations focused on understanding mental health and the importance of removing stigma associated with mental illnesses.

Here is a promotional poster for Hats On! For Mental Health that you may wish to use throughout your schools or organizations.

You can learn more about Hats On! For Mental Health at canwetalk.ca. For more information about supporting positive mental health in schools, please visit the Alberta Education website at education.alberta.ca/mental-health.

Thank you for your support.

Curtis Clarke, PhD

Deputy Minister