Friday, April 29, 2011

Mental Health Awareness

Some time ago I wrote an article advocating for more public awareness/fund raising for mental health issues.

Today I read an article that discusses the same issue and also advertises for an upcoming mental health awareness event called 'Ride Don't Hide' which is a spinning relay that takes place on May 7. (For details see the RideDontHide site or the CMHA site). From the Ride Don't Hide site: "On August 1, 2010, Michael Schratter left on a one year global journey, cycling 40,000 km, crossing 6 continents and 30 countries, in an effort to bring awareness to mental illness and help shatter the stigmas that surround it. This endeavor is more than cycling trip; it is an international movement for personal rights. Raising awareness, expectations, and funds, Michael Schratter will help shatter the stigma, one pedal at a time. "

The article can be found here. "Then there is local entrepreneurial legend Joe Seagull, who recently donated $12 million to VGH for a new psychiatric facility. He said, “It is not sexy to fund, but mental illness crosses all boundaries.” Well said, Joe!"

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