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Walk 221 – A Walk For Mental Health

WALK 221 – 221 KM – 5  DAYS – 1 MISSION

June 25 – June 29

This walk marks my own personal quest to make a difference. All proceeds raised will help build capacity and promote mental health effectively in the London community. Funds raised through this campaign will support Connect for Mental Health. http://connectformh.ca/ https://www.gofundme.com/walk221 My Story My name is Anne! You might not know me but I’d like to introduce myself. Born and raised in London Ontario, I am an individual striving to encourage people to care for people. Although I have not worked in the mental health or medical field, I have a deep understanding of the life experiences that have shaped me over the past 26 years and how they can relate to the other billion humans on this planet. Ever since I was a kid I told my parents that I would walk to my cottage, approximately 221 KM, located between Sauble Beach and Tobermory Ontario. While I have always suffered from depression, 2017 brought on a new wave of emotions. Life had me feeling what I can best describe as “just plain weird.” In 10 years I’ve never felt so far out of my comfort zone and feeling alone during it all. While I can acknowledge and repeatedly thank the fantastic support system that I have, at the end of the day I felt as though it was me, myself and I. I am still struggling with mental health and I understand that I will be for my whole life but finding different outlets have been my savior! Just before the holidays I decided 2018 was the year I’d walk to my cottage. On June 25 my walking partner and I will begin a journey with the intention to get people connected and raise funds for a great organization. Thanks for all your support. – Anne UPDATE:  On Monday June 25th I will begin my journey on the North West corner of Victoria Park at 8AM (Richmond and Central). Although I am not seeking individuals to walk the entire journey, I encourage those interested to come out to walk the first 1KM. We will be walking North up Richmond from Central Ave to Cheapside Street at which point I will continue this journey independently.

PEARS Youth Wellness Group – Registrations Open for Summer Session Starting July

PEARS is a six week series for young people ages 12 – 17.   Registration is open for the winter session. The winter session starts Thursday, January 18th and you can register now by contacting Barbara at barb.frampton@connectformh.ca. As a firm believer in launching a discourse amongst youth, Connect for Mental Health is proud to partner with the Psychological Education, Awareness, and Reduction of Stigma (PEARS) mental health education program alongside King’s University College. PEARS teaches youth to be self-aware when faced with mental health issues while providing a strong toolbox of knowledge filled with coping skills. Through six lessons, the program creates mindfulness and reduces stigmatization. The program is comprehensive and research-based while remaining interactive and engaging. As we aim to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues, PEARS is a strong program that provides attitudinal changes and helps future generations live healthy. Download the pamphlet explaining the series by clicking here.  CONNECT-ED Pamphlet For more information, about PEARS visit <ahref=”http://pearsmentalhealth.webs.com/”>http://pearsmentalhealth.webs.com/  
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