Is mental health stigma lessening? Canadians opening up more than ever, survey suggests

Posted on May 8th, 2017

Alicia Raimundo knew she was different from her peers when she was only six years old.

“The things that would make my friends excited or happy would make me sad or anxious. I hated going to birthday parties because I was always worried I’d say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing,” Raimundo told Global News.

She admits she’s facing a lifelong battle with mental health. She was hospitalized three times – twice in university.

Raimundo, now a mental health advocate, is opening up about her story in hopes that more Canadians, young and old, know that what they may be going through is more common than they think.

“For me, I wish we had mental health awareness weeks all year long,” she said.

Turns out, like Raimundo, more Canadians may be aware and willing to talk about mental health than ever before.

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