On January 30th, the Canadian Communications Giant Bell Media takes the Twitter airwaves by storm with its now extremely popular annual #BellLetsTalk day, a hashtag campaign designed to end the stigma around mental health issues by encouraging conversation while raising awareness and funds for mental health care initiatives. Their 2017 campaign blew past all previous records, clocking in at a whopping 133 million interactions, which translates to over six million dollars in donations from Bell.
It has been known for many years now that during the winter holiday season, there is an increase in depression, and death, especially from cardiac events. One presumed cause for this is the increase in stress and conflict that can occur during the holiday season. For individuals with pre-existing mental health issues, or families dealing with loved ones who are experiencing serious mental illness or addiction issues, this can be an especially difficult time.
You can now make a donation to Eli’s Place in memory or in honour of a loved one. We are pleased to introduce tribute giving with customized e-cards that can be sent to friends and family when a donation is made towards the work we are doing to build the first long-term, rural residential treatment and recovery-based centre for young adults experiencing mental illness in Canada. See the form at the bottom of the page or view it in a separate window here.
Looking for a way to think outside the gift box this Holiday season? Give a gift in honour of a loved one and send them our special Holiday e-card.
Mental Illness Awareness Week September 30 – October 6, 2018
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is a Canadian public education campaign. It was designed to help educate Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week began in 1992 when the Canadian Psychiatric Association launched it. Today it is coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). CAMIMH member organizations and many other supporters across Canada participate in the week.