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CMHA HKPR Celebrates Mental Health Week and Calls for Universal Mental Health Care

The Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (CMHA HKPR) celebrates the 72nd Mental Health Week from May 1st to May 7th. The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is MY STORY and aims to shine a spotlight on community mental health care champions, programs and communities while showcasing the importance of securing universal mental health care.

New data reveals that 87% of people living in Ontario want universal mental health care.

Universal mental health care means the services needed are available, they are funded through public health insurance plans and free to the individual, and they are the same – no matter where a person lives or who they are. Universal mental health care meets everyone’s needs.

“We hear stories from people across the country every day that services are hard to find and not available to everyone,” says Margaret Eaton, National CEO, CMHA. “Just like physical health, mental health is important to living a fully engaged life. Which is why mental health services should be fully covered.”

The survey found that of the 37% of people who have experienced a mental health concern in the past year, 34% did not reach out for help primarily because it is too expensive or because they don’t know where to find it. The research also showed that 57% of people living in Ontario would access mental health care through a community organization with a free program.

“Mental health care doesn’t just happen in a doctor’s office or in a hospital. There are community-based mental health services that work together with the medical system, and they need to be properly funded. They must also be easy-to-find, free and available where people live, work and play,” says Eaton.

“One thing we all have in common is the desire to achieve mental health for all in our community. These findings show that in order to achieve that, we need universal mental health care,” says Jack Veitch Manager of Community Engagement and Education with CMHA HKPR.

Local Mental Health Week Events:

Tuesday, May 2:
Reflections on a Musical “Lucy and Maaya” with proceeds supporting CMHA HKPR
Grand Maple Event Centre, Hastings
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Tickets available at:

Wednesday, May 3:
CMHA HKPR Strategic Plan Art Show
Lindsay Square Mall, Lindsay
3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 5:
First Friday Art Show Featuring CMHA HKPR Strategic Plan Artwork
CMHA HKPR at 415 Water Street and 466 George Street, Peterborough

6:00 to 10:00 p.m.


This Mental Health Week, we can harness the power of storytelling to help build connections and understanding between each other while strengthening our community. To get involved, you can also:

For more information on Mental Health Week, please contact Jack Veitch, Manager of Community Engagement and Education at 705-340-3586 or

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