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Language matters

Words can help…but they can also hurt. Pay attention to the words you use.


How you can help

  • Explain to friends and colleagues who use words like “psycho” or “nut” without thinking that their comments may be hurtful and provide an alternative view.
Michael Landsberg
Did you know?
 

2 out of 3 people suffer in silence, fearing judgement and rejection.

Canadian Medical Association
2

Educate yourself

Learn the facts and myths about mental illness. Be knowledgeable and help fight stigma with facts.


How you can help

  • Understand early warning signs in yourself and others and know where to seek help
Howie Mandel
Did you know?
 

Approximately 11 people will end their lives by suicide today – and every day – in Canada

Canadian Association for Suicide
Prevention
3

Be Kind

Small acts of kindness speak volumes.


How you can help

  • Don’t stand by if someone is being labelled or bullied.
  • Treat a person who has a mental illness with the kindness and care you give to people with other illnesses through a friendly smile, a helping hand, a phone call or visit.
Mary Walsh
Did you know?
 

Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.

Canadian Medical Association
4

Listen and ask

Sometimes it’s best to just listen.


How you can help

  • Don't trivialize someone's illness. Instead, say: "I’m sorry to hear that, it must be a difficult time. Is there anything I can do to help?"
Clara Hughes
Did you know?
 

Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.

CMHA
5

Talk about it

Start a dialogue, not a debate


How you can help

  • Break the silence. Talk about how mental illness touches us all in some way directly or through a friend, family member or colleague. Stories of lived experience are the best way to help eradicate stigma.
  • Support mental health and anti-stigma programs in your community.
Serena Ryder
Did you know?
 

1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life.

Canadian Institute of Health Research

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