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Shining Green for CMHA’s Mental Health Week (May 1 – 7)

CMHA’s Mental Health Week is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.

During Mental Health Week, landmark buildings 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.

From the CN Tower, to City Hall, Niagara Falls and the Peace Bridge, 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.

“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 Steve Lurie, Executive Director of CMHA Toronto. “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.

Here are some Mental Health week events you might want to enjoy:

Thurs. April 27 – Sun. May 7 Family Matters Art Exhibit

Bloor Gladstone Toronto Public Library

1101 Bloor Street West

Mon. May 1 – Sun. May 7 University of Toronto will be participating in the “Shine Green” campaign
Mon. May 1 Casa Loma will be lit up in green to celebrate Mental Health Week
Mon. May 1 – Fri. May 5 Toronto City Hall will be participating in the “Shine Green” campaign

Toronto City Hall will be lit up in green on May 2, 3, and 5

Tues. May 2 “TORONTO” sign in Nathan Phillips Square will be lit up in green
Tues. May 2 Corus Quay will be lit up in green to celebrate Mental Health Week from 7 pm – 12 am
Tues. May 2 CN Tower will be lit up in green to celebrate Mental Health Week
Tues. May 2 “State of Mind” Festival, celebrating youth expressions of mental health through multimedia, traditional and non-traditional arts

6:30 – 9:3- pm, Berkeley, 315 Queen St. East

Sat. May 6 March for Mental Health

12 – 3 pm, Nathan Phillips Square

Sat. May 6 High Notes Gala for Mental Health

Musical event at Markham Theatre featuring Dan Hill, Luba Goy, Richard Margison and others. High Notes believes that music and words have the power to create social change, inspire, empower and give hope to those touched by mental illness.

Sat. May 6 and Sun. May 7 “Everything But the Cat and Upside Down Dad” – 2 one-woman shows that stomp out stigma and set fire to adult colouring books.

Everything But the Cat by Adrianna Prosser – about her first year of bereavement after the loss of her brother.

Upside Down Dad by Lori Lane-Murphy – chronicling the life lessons learned from the happiest depressed man on earth, her dad.

The Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St. E.

Doors open at 7:30, Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

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