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Community Awareness Program


The MHASSC’s Community Awareness Program aims to reduce stigma of mental illness through a variety of methods targeted to consumers of mental health services, their families, mental health service providers, teachers, students, self-help groups and the community at large.

-1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness within their life
-for Canadians 15-24, suicide is the number 2 cause of death
-each day 500 000 Canadians will miss work due to mental health problems 

Learning and Resource Centre:

  • To assist people in finding the services and information required to better understand and cope with mental illness
  • Lending library with books, videos and internet access
  • Specific illness kits
  • Brochures and information on a variety of services and issues
  • Monthly newsletter

Workshops Offered:

Suicide Intervention:

  • A.S.I.S.T. is a two day workshop designed to help caregivers assess risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk the suicide
  • Condensed workshops available upon request

Mental Illness Awareness:

  • A workshop providing a general overview of major mental illnesses and its effects on people’s lives

Helping Skills:

  • A series of workshops to provide information on developing helping skills


  • A one day workshop geared towards front line workers in health and social service agencies
  • Basic training around the issue of helping trauma survivors who experience long term mental health issues

Other Opportunities:

  • Other training tailored to meet individual needs of agencies/companies
  • Speaking/teaching opportunities to schools/professionals

Hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

How to Apply: Anyone can make a referral including self-referrals. To make a referral or learn more about the program call (705) 726-5033

For the mental health booklet series with more information on mental health and mental illness, please visit