World Mental Health Day sheds light on mental illness

By Jill Sperling
October 10, 2017 - 5:24pm Updated: October 10, 2017 - 6:34pm

KAMLOOPS — Today (Oct. 10) marks World Mental Health Day, a day to bring awareness to and end the stigma of mental illness. 

While one in five Canadians struggle with a mental illness, Christa Mullaly of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Kamloops says all Canadians will be impacted by mental illness in some way. 

Mullaly says more people are willing to talk about their own issues with mental health, but there is still a log way to go towards breaking down stigma. 

She adds the Canadian healthcare system isn't quite ready for the number of people now coming forward with mental illnesses.

"Our Canadian healthcare system has done a lot of good work sort of at that end spectrum of helping folks with when they become acute, helping folks when things become really dire and really serious," Mullaly said. "What we don't do a good job of is early intervention, we don't do a good job even before that of prevention, and I think that by coordinating our systems we can possibly do a much better job, just by coordinating." 

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