WATCH — Mental health, mental illness and stigma explained

Ainara Alleyne
Story by Ainara Alleyne and CBC Kids News • 2022-05-03 05:55

Understanding the difference between stress and anxiety or sadness and depression


Every week, CBC Kids News takes a deep dive into a topic that everyone’s talking about. Click the video above or below for this week’s KN Explains.


In the past few years, a lot of celebrities have spoken publicly about mental health and mental illness.

Superstar athletes Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles have opened up about their own struggles, and so have pop stars such as Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.

There are even special days and weeks to raise awareness about mental health, such as Bell Let’s Talk Day and mental health week.

But do you know what the term means? What are the stigmas in society about mental health? And what’s the difference between mental wellness and mental illness?

There’s a lot to unbox here. But don’t worry, we’ve got you. KN Explains:

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Ainara Alleyne
Ainara Alleyne
CBC Kids News Contributor
Ainara Alleyne is a Grade 7 student from Hamilton, Ontario. She has a passion for social justice, reading, anime, cosplay and all things BTS. At 10, she started an Instagram account where she highlights books for young people whose authors and main characters are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, differently-abled or under-represented. She believes that by experiencing other cultures and perspectives through books, we can not only acknowledge our differences, but be able to understand and embrace them.

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