St. Lawrence group raises funds for men­tal health

Group held re­lay from Point May to St. Lawrence

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL ST. LAWRENCE, N.L. Colin.far­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

Mem­bers of the Sun­shine Friends Well­ness Group in St. Lawrence put their best foot for­ward last week­end in an ef­fort to help raise funds for men­tal health care in the area, as well as open­ing up the con­ver­sa­tion of men­tal health with neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Although the group raised over $5,300 dol­lars for men­tal health ini­tia­tives in the area through the walk-a-thon held on Satur­day, May 12, event or­ga­nizer Tracey Slaney said there is more to it than the funds raised.

“It was not about the money,” she said. “It was about mak­ing noise, get­ting peo­ple talk­ing and re­al­ize that there are av­enues for sup­port — there is the walk-in clinic and the men­tal health cri­sis line.

“They don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to come to a meet­ing, we just wanted them to know that there is help out there and they are not alone.”

Slaney is very happy with the way the event turned out.

“Wow, it was an idea that ex­ploded,” she said. “We started with two peo­ple, ended with 75.

“The sup­port and aware­ness that we cre­ated for men­tal health was awe­some.”

Walk­ers started in the com­mu­nity of Point May and the re­lay con­tin­ued un­til they reached St. Lawrence. Right: Over 75 peo­ple took part in a walk-a-thon held May 12 in St. Lawrence to help raise aware­ness of men­tal health and well­ness is­sues.

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