Four West Island mental health non-profit organizations (Lakeshore General Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry, Perspective Communautaire, Centre Bienvenue, West Island Citizen Advocacy) have partnered together to invite the public and all other supporting mental health services to walk and fight stigma while increasing support and awareness for resources available to those suffering from mental health problems.
The walk, hosted by CJAD radio host Andrew Carter and sponsored by Wise Women Canada and the West Island Therapy Centre, will be held on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at 9 am at Cap St. Jacques Park.
While the walk is free to attend, donations are welcomed. Walkers are encouraged to wear yellow or green to represent hope, balance, and growth and unite by walking either a 2 km or 5 km loop. The walk will take place rain or shine.
Approximately 45,000 West Island residents are affected by a mental heath related illness. In previous years, the walk has seen over 100 people in attendance.
“We expect to at least double attendance this year and every year grow the numbers. In my experience in speaking with people, it seems like mental illness touches everyone – whether they are directly suffering from it or not, it has affected someone close to them: a relative, a friend, a work colleague. The goal of this walk is to get people talking about mental health, to demonstrate that no one has to suffer alone in silence and that there are very good resources in our community available to help them in their recovery”, says Pauline Orr, Lakeshore General Hospital Social Worker in Outpatient Psychiatry.