Monday was the first day of National Mental Health Week, an annual awareness initiative focused on bringing greater attention to mental health issues in Canada. The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) recognizes the importance of the week and believes it provides an important opportunity for people across the country to feel encouraged should they want to seek professional support for a mental health issue. “Believe it or not, one in five Canadians experiences a mental health problem or illness in their lifetime,” said John Driscoll, CCPA National President. “National Mental Health Week is an important event in that it brings greater attention to the fact that so many people in this country need the professional support available to ensure they get the help they need.” According to the association, not only does mental health have an impact on a significant percentage of the Canadian population but its financial reach is similarly massive. See full story in the Tuesday, May 8th edition of The Record.