I’m stepping up to mental illness.
The CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health challenge is a Canada-wide challenge to inspire hope for Canadians living with mental illness. On April 6th, myself and some friends will stay up all night to fight for a purpose and to end the stigma while raising funds to make a difference with CAMH for mental health and addiction resources.
In our community, Meadowvale, we have lost many wonderful souls due to suicide. It is terrible knowing that mental health is a disease that is treatable. By raising awareness of this problem and contributing funds to increase resources, we can finally do some good in our community.
I, like many others, have battled with mental health issues, mainly anxiety, throughout my life. There is definitely a stigma that surrounds this type of conversation, and I want to do what I can to let people know that this is not a battle you have to face on your own. It is sad to me that as a society it is 'acceptable' to discuss any physical pains or issues we have, however it has become socially 'unacceptable' to discuss mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Imagine if as a community, as a society, we could change that.
I took the #OneBraveNight challenge because I want to inspire hope for people living with mental illness now – and to defeat mental illness. By making a donation to my One Brave Night, you are helping CAMH improve access to care, conduct research to find better treatments, and build more spaces for healing.
This is our chance to step up! Please donate generously and help me reach my fundraising goal.
Over the past three years, the funds raised by participants and donors have been used by CAMH for the following:
The efforts of participants and donors have helped:
- Create three new youth clinics to help address the gap in mental health treatment.
- Inspire hope through discovery by testing new treatment options for people with severe and treatment-resistant depression.
- Publish over 500 journal articles, sharing the incredible discoveries made at CAMH.
- Continue to redevelop CAMH facilities to build treatment, education and research spaces that reflect respect for patients and hope for recovery.
- Expand effective and timely access to mental health services in remote and underserved communities around the country through technology and access to telepsychiatry.