Community Forum on Mental Health, HIV & Hepatitis C

By Alex, February 1st, 2016 in


Hepatitis C (HCV) is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus.  People can get HCV when blood carrying the virus gets into their bloodstream. Once inside, it infects the liver and causes damage to this very important organ. In 2011, it was estimated that 332, 414 (or 1%) of Canadians had a current or past infection with hepatitis C.

According to 2014 national HIV estimates, 75,500 Canadians live with HIV.   Of the estimated number of people living with HIV 21% of them remain diagnosed and could still be engaging in behaviors that expose them and others to the virus.

Approximately 7 million Canadians – 20 per cent of the population – live with mental illness.  Mental Health is as important to our well-being as Physical health.  It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us.  Mental health issues are varied – anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorders, eating disorders and many more. However many people are not comfortable with people experiencing mental health and few are aware about the symptoms.


The “Community Forum @ Heartland, A Church Connected” event  aims at bringing the community together to talk about these three health conditions.  Cases of all the three health conditions have been reported in Peel (and other parts of Canada); but they are also highly stigmatized.  We are bringing in speakers from Canadian Mental Health Association(CMHA), Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN) and the Bloom Clinic.

Join us as we address the following questions:

  • To what extent are HIV,HEP C and Mental health issues of concern in Peel?
  • Why are all these health conditions stigmatized?
  • What services are available in Peel to address them?
  • What can the community do to support those experiencing those conditions?

When: 27th February, 2016
Where: 145 Traders Blvd, Mississauga, unit 9
Time: 10AM—12Noon

To Register, Contact:

Alex: 905-361-0523 ext. 218