CMHA Brant Haldimand Norfolk Branch speaks out for Mental Illness Awareness Week and encourages everyone in the community to use Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) (Oct. 1-7) as an opportunity to combat stigma, speak openly about mental health, and call for increased access to mental health services. Mental illnesses can be treated effectively but people first need to feel comfortable overcoming the discrimination attached to this issue in order to reach out and ask for help .And when they do, it’s vital that we have a mental health system that can provide the types of services individuals are seeking to aid in their recovery. For these reasons, it’s important to use occasions like MIAW to generate discussion about mental health issues. Given that one in five people will have a mental problem or illness in any given year, this year’s MIAW campaign encourages Canadians to engage in a discussion about the need for increased access to mental health services. MIAW is an annual national public education campaign coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health in cooperation with all its member organizations, including CMHA. Join the conversation about mental illness online using the hashtag #miaw17.