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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released a statement regarding National Mental Health Week, inviting all Canadians to hold open discussions about mental health and dispel the stigma surrounding the topic. The Prime Minister drew attention to how one in five Canadians struggles with mental illness at some point in their lives and does not seek help from shame or fear of discrimination. He invited all of us to break the silence, create space for stories of struggle and resilience, and offer each other support during tough times.
“We all have a responsibility to raise our awareness about mental health. We must actively encourage honest and open conversations – in our homes, our workplaces, and our communities – about what mental health is and what we can do to increase our collective well-being. We must listen to our loved-ones, our colleagues, our friends, look out for signs and offer them support and advice in times of need. It can be a challenge for all of us to cope with the fast pace of life, daily stresses, and obligations. We all need to stand strong together.”
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