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Honourable Senators, I rise today to acknowledge that this week marks the 20th anniversary of Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Mental Health Illness Awareness Week is a national outreach campaign organized by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health that features the inspirational stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Mental Illness Awareness Week involves the dissemination of thousands of pieces of materials to organizations across Canada in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and the need for increased access to mental health services for all Canadians. 


With one in five Canadians experiencing a mental health problem in a given year, mental health remains a prominent issue among the Canadian population.


Several people in my family is currently facing mental health issues, so on a personal level, I can speak to the great challenges that my family and I have encountered over the years…cont personal comments


Today, I proudly wear my Mental Illness Awareness Week wristband in support of the six million Canadians living with mental illness. There is no health without mental health, and I applaud the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health for their advocacy efforts and giving a voice to those who are often not heard.


Honourable Senators, I hope you will join me in celebrating the courage and resilience of Canadians living with mental illness.

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