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

Counselling Services in Kapuskasing 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 to encourage people to talk in order to build support for those suffering.

Dubosq also says they want to promote awareness in the community to help overcome the stigmas 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.