The first week of May is Mental Health Week across Canada.

Counselling Services in Kapuskasing, Hearst and Smooth Rock Falls are asking the local community to ‘Get Loud’ this week for mental health.

Director of Mental Health Programs Simon Dubosq says the ‘Get Loud’ theme is meant to get people talking in order to build support for those suffering.

Dubosq also says that they want to promote awareness in order to overcome the stigma around mental health.

He says speaking out against discrimination directed at people with mental illness is just the first step in a long battle.

Mental Health Week runs from May 1st through May 5th.