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FREE family event with six-time Olympian Clara Hughes! (March 20th, 6:30pm)

 Free family event

Journey of Hope

with six-time olympian

Clara Hughes


Join Grand River Hospital and community partners as we party with

Clara Hughes and talk about mental health.


Thursday, March 20th, 2014

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Bingemans Marshall Hall

Let’s talk about mental health

Stand Up To Stigma – We shone a SPOTLIGHT on mental health!

Stand Up To Stigma launched another successful SPOTLIGHT event!

Stand Up To Stigma logo


Click here to be re-directed to ShawnaPercy.com where you can see photos and learn more about the fantastic efforts of the Stand Up To Stigma SPOTLIGHT event.

Stand Up To Stigma SPOTLIGHT event! (One day to go!)

Are you attending the University of Waterloo? Do you know about the Stand Up To Stigma SPOTLIGHT event? Just in case, here are the details.

Stand Up To Stigma SPOTLIGHT roster


Stand Up To Stigma is an incredible organization on campus that is dedicated to eradicating stigmas from university life. We have a long way to go, but together we can make a huge impact towards this important goal.

Stand Up To Stigma’s SPOTLIGHT event is one of their many annual events that is focused on shinning a light on stigmas so they can’t hide in the darkness any longer. The more we talk, the more we understand. The more we understand, the better we can bring about positive change.

The SPOTLIGHT event will take place in the Student Life Centre’s Great Hall located at 200 University Ave. W. in Waterloo, from noon – 3:30pm.

There will be an art exhibit, special guest speakers, and access to informative handouts.

Yours truly will be sharing my story from 12:30pm – 1:00pm. I will also be sure to have a few copies of my newly published book Breathe, and important handouts from the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council.

Will you be going to this event? I hope to see you there. Remember, wherever you are you too can shine a SPOTLIGHT on stigmas, and more importantly, on hope.

SPOTLIGHT event 2014


Special thanks to Van Houtte Coffee Services (my day job) who is supporting my participation in this event by enabling me to use volunteer hours on company time.

For a list of other events please click here.

Speaking Engagements and Book Signings

We’re heading into a busy time of year and conversations are igniting!

Click here to find out where I’ll be speaking next, and be sure to check in on the Book Signing page to find out when book signing events may be happening near you.

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I’m passionate about sharing my story and strongly believe that talking is often the first step to healing and finding release from trauma.

If you’d like to invite me to share a compelling story of hope, transparency, and awareness, or to arrange for a book signing event, please click here to contact me.

Talking Today ~ Changes Tomorrow. Let’s keep the conversation going.

The official launch date of my book, Breathe, is coming soon…

It’s been a long time coming but the time is nearly here when my published book, Breathe: a true story about marriage, faith, and attempted suicide, will officially be released.

When, you ask? March 11th, 2014 is the official launch date. That’s when Breathe will finally be available on-line and start to appear in book stores.

Stay tuned for more details, and in the meantime if you want to learn more about Breathe click here to read the synopsis.


Breathe high rez file


The Bell Let’s Talk TOTAL TALLY is in!

If you thought the $150,000+ raised through tweets for the Bell Let’s Talk campaign that was announced this morning was good, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

The results are in. Yesterday, Bell’s tally registered over 100 million text, tweets, Facebook shares, mobile and long distance calls, raising a whopping:


That’s a lot of talking!

Way to go Canada!!! You really got your talk on!

If you didn’t have a chance yesterday I highly recommend taking a look through the Bell Let’s Talk website. How about starting with some video testimonials of people living with mental health challenges? Click here to start watching now, and let’s continue the conversation.


Tallying up the results after Bell Let’s Talk day!

As Bell works hard to tally up the results now that the Bell Let’s Talk day has ended, what we do know is how much money will be donated based on the 3, 043, 248 tweets that were posted yesterday using #BellLetsTalk.

3,043,248 x $0.05 = $152,162.40 just for tweeting alone!

I can’t wait to find out how many funds will be added and donated to mental health initiatives once the results are in for Facebook shares and texts sent by Bell customers. Stay tuned…

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Bell Let’s Talk day. In 2012, Waterloo Region’s very own suicide prevention council (WRSPC) received a grant of $16,000 from Bell. This money was used to provide suicide prevention training and resources for local family physicians and primary care providers.

The funds people help raise throughout these campaigns are making a difference in the community where I live, and likely in the community where you live too (if you’re in Canada.) Thank you!


It’s Bell Let’s Talk day! Find out how you can help build a federal framework for suicide prevention.



bell lets talk 2014

Bell Let’s Talk day is finally here, and raising funds to support mental health initiatives has never been so easy.

Bell will donate $0.05 for every:

  • Text a Bell customer sends
  • Every Tweet using #BellLetsTalk
  • And every share of Bell’s Facebook posts on their Bell Let’s Talk page



The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is doing a broad consultation until the spring of 2014 to inform the development of the Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention Act (as a result of bill C-300 that Kitchener’s own MP, Harold Albrecht, helped secure so that Suicide Prevention is now every Canadian’s responsibility.)  It is an extensive survey and can be filled out as an individual or from an organizational perspective (so be sure to share this with your company’s Human Resources department.)

Note: You are able to save as you go, so you can take your time completing this important survey. 

Please share widely with your networks so we can provide as much feedback to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as possible and help build a solid framework for a stronger tomorrow.

CLICK HERE to start the survey now.

Please SHARE THIS POST with the hashtag reference “#BellLetsTalk so we can spread the word AND raise funds every time you do so. $0.05 (1 share with Hashtag) + $0.05 (1 share with Hashtag) = $0.10 + $0.05 (another share with Hashtag) = $0.15 and so on…


 It’s Bell day. Let’s talk.

January 28th is Bell Let’s Talk day!



Bell Let’s Talk day is just around the corner. On January 28th for every text Bell customers make, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every share on Facebook of Bell Let’s Talk posts, Bell will donate $0.05 towards mental health awareness campaigns. It’s a simple way to raise funds to fight the stigmas surrounding mental illness. Awareness is life-saving work. Help save a life!

 Watch this 1 minute video of Clara Hughes talking about how you can support Mental Illness awareness.


Press Release: Suicide Ideation Group


NEWS RELEASE – September 5, 2013

Suicide Prevention Council to fund Suicide Ideation Group


Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council is funding a 20 week pilot group for individuals in our community that experience suicide ideation but have never attempted suicide.  This group will run out of the Self Help Alliance, a division of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.

The suicide ideation group is modeled after the Skills for Safer Living Group for individuals who have attempted suicide and is currently available in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph, also through the Self Help Alliance.  Although only brought to our Region in 2010, over 100 individuals who have attempted suicide have benefited.   “The support of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council for this pilot project is vital to be able to expand the range of supports available to those experiencing thoughts of suicide” states Allan Strong, Team Leader, Skills for Safer Living and the Centre of Excellence in Peer Support.

“It is imperative that we continue to bring groups like these to our community so that individuals that are struggling with suicidal thoughts or have attempted suicide can learn different skills to help them cope differently.   We teach people that have had a heart operation nutrition skills and the value of cardio, why should we expect any different with emotional based skills?   If someone doesn’t learn to do something differently or to learn new skills, they will continue to resort to the same coping methods and that is unacceptable” says Tana Nash, executive director of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council.

World Suicide Prevention Day is this Tuesday September 10th.  In addition to hosting events to support this day, the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council highlights some key initiatives they are working on in collaboration with community partners to reduce suicides:  A new wallet sized help card and resource card for youth developed by the Council will be distributed to all counseling offices throughout secondary schools of the Waterloo Region District School Board.  The Board is also currently reviewing their suicide prevention protocols.    Lutherwood has introduced a My Life Matters Day at its school to help troubled teens overcome suicide ideation, and has added community workers as a resource for certain local institutions working with children such as a Mental Health Youth Court Worker for the provincial court system.  At Grand River Hospital, a ‘wellness call’ was introduced earlier this winter.  Any adult patient who has been hospitalized with thoughts of suicide or after an attempted suicide will receive a call from a hospital social worker within 72 hours of their discharge.   “Making a connection to those that have attempted suicide is a crucial step in showing we care” says Judy Shearer, AVP of the Mental Health and Addictions Program at Grand River Hospital. In addition, Grand River hospital will be piloting two booklets aimed at helping individuals and their loved ones after a suicide attempt.

“It is our hope that the Skills for Safer Living Ideation Program will receive ongoing funding so that all individuals who would like to take part in this group can,” Nash said.  “But for now, it is a huge step in the right direction.”  The group has graciously been funded by the Bowl-a-thon fundraising efforts of the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council and the Daniel Tudisco Memorial Golf Tournament.  “We are exceptionally fortunate to have the generous support of the community so we may provide these types of programs” Nash added.

For more information about the Skills for Safer Living Ideation Group, please contact Allan Strong at strong@self-help.ca.


Tana Nash, Executive Director                                                                                           

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council                                                                                 

519-884-1470 ext 2143 or tnash@lutherwood.ca 



Click here to learn more about World Suicide Prevention day: SEPTEMBER 10th