If you’re in the Toronto area, Friday, May 29, 2015 is the all-night challenge to defeat mental illness, hosted by Darkness to Light, part of CAMH (the Canadian Association for Mental Health). The idea is to stay up all night with friends or family to help raise funds for mental health care as well as — maybe more important — awareness.
If interested, you can start by registering or donating at http://give.camh.ca.
One in 5 Canadians is effected by mental illness. The money raised will go towards CAMH’s expert care and treatment. This includes addiction services, outreach programs, mood/anxiety support services, children’s programs, etc.
I recently vlogged about an experience I had, in which my daughter witnessed someone take their life in a public place. It was one of the most heart-wrenching and confusing things either of us have had to deal with. My daughter is recovering well, emotionally, and does not seem traumatized by the experience. Yet, she will never forget the image. I removed the video though out of respect for her.
It’s important to speak openly about mental illness. You may not suffer from it yourself, but — inevitably — you will encounter someone who does. These people need support in order to ensure that we as a society are healthy as a whole.
If you choose to participate in the Darkness to Light/D2L Challenge. Click the link above and don’t forget to take a selfie at dawn, tagging it with #D2L #SunriseSelfie.
I hope to see many more initiatives like this in the near future, and will be a supporter of CAMH indefinitely.