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Mental Health News Update: April 29 - May 5 2011

We're back this week with a look at some of this week's news stories on mental health.

This week is Mental Health Week (May 1st-7th 2011). Did you know that the Canadian Mental Health Association's Mental Health Week is celebrating 60 years? MHW continues to make a great impact across the nation. What an amazing achievement!

  • The Toronto Star’s healthzone featured an article about the new Centre for Addiction and Mental Health opening in Toronto.

  • The Vancouver Courier published an article about Mental Health Week celebrating its 60th anniversary. Mental Health Week was also covered in many other local and community papers.

  • The Vancouver Sun reported on a new mental health facility to be built at the Lions Gate Hospital in North Shore, B.C.

  • On Monday, May 2nd 2011, past Champion of Mental Health, Margaret Trudeau, spoke to a large crowd in Belleville, Ontario about her struggles with mental illness (via The Intelligencer).

  • Coast Mental Health published a story about one of this year’s Courage to Come Back Award recipients, Curtis Baldwinson.

  • As part of Mental Health Week, The Montreal Gazette examined the links between depression and work environment. The article includes tips about symptoms and ways to deal with stress.

  • The National Post reported about the play “Crazy Man” which helps to inform children in Toronto about mental illness.

  • Toronto kicked off Mental Health Week on May 1st 2011 with a walk to raise fund for Kids Help Phone (via The Digital Journal).

  • The Toronto Star reported on new research linking dropout rates to mental health, and encourages the adoption of more mental health programs in schools.

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Happy Mental Health Week everyone!