Tools For You and Your Family for Mental Health Awareness Week

One in five Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetime so it’s crucial that we acknowledge its impact on us and our families. Although many of us understand mental illness is a medical condition, there is still a great deal of stigma and misunderstanding that can prevent someone from seeking and getting help when it’s needed.

Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 2-Oct 8) is an opportunity to dispel those fears and face problems head on. This annual national public education campaign focuses on opening Canadian’s eyes to the reality of mental illness.—which is one of the tools provided to Canadian music professionals through Unison’s free counselling service—has launched a new microsite in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week that features an interactive poll and new articles that address understanding common mental illnesses, recognizing mental illness in a loved one, stigma and fears at home and how to help a loved one through mental illness.

This new micro site is added to many other great resources on topics like Managing Stress, Mental Illness in the Workplace and Bullying.


For Those You Love

If someone you love is experiencing signs of mental illness, the best thing to do is talk about it: talk to your family, talk to your loved one, and talk to a professional about your worries so that you, or they, can get your loved one the help they need.

Please remember, Unison’s hotline is always available for all Canadian music professionals and their immediate family members.


What happens when I, or my family member, call Unison’s hotline?

This article will walk you through, step-by-step, what to expect when you call Unison for support. and all of the counselling and health solutions hotline is sponsored by Unison and provided by Shepell FGI – the largest Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) counselling network in Canada. Counselling is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of accredited professionals who hold master’s degrees or PhDs in the fields of psychology or clinical social work.


Still have questions? Check out Frequently Ask Questions and eligibility information — or simply pick up the phone and call the hotline right now at

1-855-9UNISON (1-855-986-4766)

Unison’s Assistance Program is always free and completely confidential.

All services are provided by Shepell.fgi
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