The following is a community event announcement from the Interfaith Community Counselling Centre
We have two important workshops coming up. As our community continues to face the impact of mental health challenges, our hope is to increase our capacity to reach those in need. These workshops were developed based on an expressed need by community members and we hope for a positive turn out. Both workshops are designed to provide information and resources to the participants. There is no expectation for participants to share their stories.
1. On March 18th, in the Community Room at Tri-County Mennonite Homes from 7-9 we will be hosting a workshop for individuals who are supporting family and friends with the challenges of a mental illness.
2. On April 8th, at our home in Trinity Lutheran Church (Trinity Hall), we will be hosting a workshop for individuals supporting family and friends struggling with addictions.
Thank you for your support of our agency and please feel free to drop me a line or give me a call any time you have feedback or suggestions about the services we are providing to the community.
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.
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 surveyand 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.
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…
Two days and counting to Ignite Waterloo, and another step taken to raise awareness about suicide, mental illness, and the damaging reality of stigmas; a reality we can change!
At Ignite Waterloo, I’ll have 5 minutes to give a talk using 20 slides that auto-forward every 15 seconds. Audience, be prepared. You’re going to get a personal story, facts, and resources so you can help stigmas be gone!
The presentations are recorded, so if you didn’t get a ticket, I’ll be sharing a link to the videos once they’re posted after the fact.
This is also Bell Let’s Talk week. On February 12th Bell will donate $0.05 towards mental health initiatives for every text message sent. Bell’s annual campaign has raised millions towards the cause of improved mental health.
As part of this campaign, I was interviewed by CTV News anchor, Meghan Furman. That story is set to air this week as one of a three part segment on suicide.
There is SO much to celebrate and to be grateful for. As a first step, I want to thank all of my supporters, and each person who has done something, even a small thing, to move this cause forward. Never under-estimate how profound a small thing can be. 🙂
CTV’s Meghan Furman arrived at my house this morning to interview me about my story as an individual who has gone through the loss of a loved one by suicide. This story is currently planned to air in mid February as part of the Bell Let’s Talk series.
Be sure to look out for links in February to the CTV website where you’ll be able to watch personal accounts of survivors. In the meantime, check out some of the talks from last year, perhaps starting with CTV’s interview of Clara Hughes, Olympic medalist, depression survivor, and the face of the Bell Let’s Talk campaigns.
Here’s to collaboration, and the progress that is being made with every voice that speaks out, every courageous story shared, every survivor of mental health issues who educates us, and every action-oriented step that is taken towards breaking the grip of stigmas.