COM­MU­NI­TY MARCHES FOR MEN­TAL HEALTH

Vision (Canada) - - La Une - GREGG CHAMBERLAIN gregg.chamberlain@eap.on.ca

Blue skies and sun­shine wel­co­med more than 100 people ga­the­red at Parc Si­mon in Rockland, for a Men­tal Health Awa­re­ness Walk or­ga­ni­zed through the joint ef­forts of Club Joi/Ju­nior Op­ti­mist In­ter­na­tio­nal (Saint-Pas­cal-Bay­lon) and the Ca­na­dian Men­tal Health As­so­cia­tion

Blue skies and sun­shine wel­co­med more than 100 people ga­the­red at Parc Si­mon in Rockland, for a Men­tal Health Awa­re­ness Walk or­ga­ni­zed through the joint ef­forts of Club Joi/Ju­nior Op­ti­mist In­ter­na­tio­nal (Saint-Pas­calBay­lon) and the Ca­na­dian Men­tal Health As­so­cia­tion. ''It was bet­ter than I ex­pec­ted,'' said Ya­nic Lalonde who, with his fel­low Club Joi mem­ber, Kas­san­dra Simard, co­or­di­na­ted the event. “We were ex­pec­ting maybe 50 people.”

The walk rai­sed about $ 1600. Prior to the start of the walk, spe­cial guest spea­ker, Ray­mond Saint-Ger­main, tal­ked about his struggles with men­tal health is­sues. A frequent and po­pu­lar pu­blic spea­ker at schools and va­rious func­tions around the Pres­cott-Rus­sell re­gion, Saint-Ger­main over­came sub­stance abuse pro­blems, se­vere de­pres­sion, and other men­tal health chal­lenges du­ring his youth and la­ter adult life.

“What I have en­du­red are most people’s worst night­mares,” Saint-Ger­main said, “but I sur­vi­ved.”

When Lalonde and Simard or­ga­ni­zed the Men­tal Health Awa­re­ness Walk, they had two goals in mind. The first was to boost pu­blic awa­re­ness of both men­tal health is­sues and the pro­grams and ser­vices avai­lable to help people re­co­gnize and deal with pro­blems like de­pres­sion, cons­tant stress, and other wor­ries. The se­cond was to help raise funds to sup­port men­tal health re­search and sup­port pro­jects.

pho­to Na­dine La­mou­reux / Barn Yard Stu­dios

Le Club Joi / Ju­nior Op­ti­mist In­ter­na­tio­nal (Saint-Pas­cal-Bay­lon) a or­ga­ni­sé un Ma­ra­thon de san­té men­tale à Rockland le 5 mai. Le Club JOI a or­ga­ni­sé l’évè­ne­ment en col­la­bo­ra­tion avec l’As­so­cia­tion ca­na­dienne pour la san­té men­tale, à la fois comme une...

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