I am holding my own fundraiser to support CAMH, Canada's leading mental health hospital.
I've named it The Stigma Effect because of the years I've struggled in silence due to the stigmas surrounding my symptoms.
Chronic and often debilitating anxiety and deep depression, post-childhood trauma, led to years of self-medicating to numb the effects.. Not knowing where to turn to get the help I needed and afraid of being told I was "being dramatic" or "just wanting attention" kept me stuck and in cycles of abuse.
By raising funds for a hospital that offers emergency and long-term care, at no cost to the patient, we can see an injection of funds into their marketing efforts to help break the stigmas that keep people sick and in a holding pattern.
About the Campaign:
The Stigma Effect is an annual fundraising campaign that runs the month of May and was founded in 2020.
We're dedicated to interviewing top practitioners and doctors in the functional health field to unpack the complex factors that lead to mental illness diagnoses.
My philosophy is simple. When we learn the pathology behind the root causes of mental illness and discuss strategic and researched ways to support our healing, we can take the mystery, and stigma, out of common illnesses that deserve compassion, understanding and patience.
My goal is to raise 10K in the month of May and donate 100% of the proceeds to CAMH hospital, here in Toronto. The facility that helped to rehabilitate me after mold exposure and a very painful nervous breakdown in 2018.
Did you know that 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness in any given year?
And yet many don't consider it a real health issue.
With your support, we can change attitudes, behaviours and culture. We can drive action and make a difference. We can shape a world where mental illness is seen in the same light as every other illness, and all people receive the level of care they need and deserve. A world where Mental Health is Health.
Please donate today and help me reach my fundraising goal.
Together we can break down stigma, fund innovative research, and provide access to new and promising treatments for people living with mental illness.
Behavioural + Lifestyle Medicine Coach