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Wednesday, May 02, 2018
HCDSB Participates in the 67th Annual CMHA Mental Health Awareness Week

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) ​designates the first week in May as Mental Health Awareness Week.

This year, the 67th annual CMHA week runs from May 7 - 11, 2018, and the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) joins organizations across Canad​a in encouraging others to talk, learn, and support engagement related to mental health awareness and well-being.

School Events:

Throughout the week, schools will be putting mental health strategies into practice to support Mental Health Awareness Week.

Bishop P.F. Reding Secondary School

  • Lemonade stand to provide ‘lemon aid’ and a spin-the-wheel game with a Mental Health Focus

Corpus Christi Secondary School

  • Mental Health Monday: Students will make smoothies on smoothie bikes to promote the role that exercise plays in mental well-being 

St. Ignatius of Loyola Secondary School

  • Green Shirt Day on May 9 to promote Mental Health Awareness

Quick Facts:

  • Each year, Mental Health Awareness Week and Catholic Education Week takes place during the first week of May.
  • The CMHA reminds us that Mental Health Week provides us with the opportunity to learn, talk, reflect, and engage with those in our lives, and aligns with our Board's philosophy to Talk, Learn, and Support. We tend to our mental health and well-being by talking about our needs in attaining and maintaining positive mental health. We learn about it through tuning in to our students and families, by focused professional development of our staff, and through ongoing dialogue with parents and our community. Finally, we support each other in our daily lives as a Catholic community and provide access to resources and support services when those among us need them.
  • On Saturday May 12th at 8:30 a.m., over 500 HCDSB students and staff, in partnership with the Halton District School Board and Team Unbreakable, will participate in the 5 KM Run for Youth Mental Health, held at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington.


“Mental health and education are inextricably linked. At its foundation are relationships. When they’re thriving, we see caring relationships between adults and young people, a strong feeling of belonging, and an excitement for learning. At the Halton Catholic District School Board, we’re building this in our schools every day. Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate all of our efforts throughout the year.” 

- Tanya Melykuty, Chief of Mental Health Programming





The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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Media Contact:
Amanda Bartucci
Strategic Communications
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 246 
Alternate Media Contact:
Juliana Gligoric
Strategic Communications
Halton Catholic District School Board

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