Smith Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow has proclaimed May 1 to May 7 Children’s Mental Health Week in the town and is encouraging all citizens to care for their mental health and share the message that help is available for those who need it.
A wave of green is sweeping over parts of Ontario this week to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week and Mental Health Week. More than 70 sites in communities across the province are shining green – the colour for mental health – to remind everyone about the importance of positive mental health.
To show solidarity, the Smiths Falls Water Tower will have a green light illuminating it for the week.
The goal of Children’s Mental Health Week is to engage our community and individuals across Ontario to increase understanding of mental health issues, reduce the stigma associated with mental health illnesses and spread the message that help is available. Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth and CMHO encourage all Canadians to speak openly about mental health this week and decrease the stigma around mental health challenges. Mental health issues affect 1 in 5 children and youth in Canada.