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Welcome to Chimo Helpline's March 2017 newsletter.
This is a place where we will share updates, community events and important information regarding mental health and suicide prevention.

Fast Facts About Mental Health

Who is affected?

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.

How common is it?

  • Schizophrenia affects 1% of the Canadian population.
  • Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population.
  • Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.
  • The mortality rate due to suicide among men is four times the rate among women.

Information provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association

Food for Thought

The Canadian Women's Foundation recently published a blog titled: Food for Thought: It’s Time to End Body Shaming.  Body-shaming happens when you criticize your own appearance by comparing yourself to another person or when you criticize someone's appearance.  In the blog piece author, Jill Andrew points out. "For some, it’s easier to eat in isolation than to have one’s morality and character judged by whether they have dessert or not."   Our image driven culture seems to be getting more intense.  As Andrew's points out, body shaming is an effective way to tell yourself and others that they are not good enough.

Studies have shown that body-shaming can have harmful effects both physically and psychologically.  It can lead to eating disorders, reduced self-esteem and depression.  People who are discriminated against due to weight are at higher risk of depression and other mental issues like anxiety.    Social media platforms have become a gathering place for people to participate in this kind of harmful behaviour.  With so many more forums to evaluate images, comment and share, everyone can be a critic.   Read the full blog -

Volunteer 150 for 150

To celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary, Canadians are being challenged to volunteer 150 hours during 2017 and give back to their community.  Chimo can help you reach your volunteer goal.  We will be holding a helpline volunteer training session in May.  If you are interested in joining our team of caring phone Interveners, please contact us at or visit our website
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Upcoming Events 

Adult Literacy Fredericton will be hosting a used book sale on Mach 25 at the Fredericton High School from 9:00-4:00 pm.  All proceeds go towards their tutoring program.
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