DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: In the hopes of engaging the community in talking about mental health issues, a pair of local ladies appeared before council this week to explain an upcoming event in Uxbridge.
Logan O'Connor and Carly Foster appeared before council at their meeting on the morning of Monday, May 12, to explain the details of the upcoming Trail Walk for Mental Health, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 25, on the Countryside Preserve Trail, starting at 1 p.m.
As they explained, proceeds from the Walk will go towards the Mood Disorder Society of Canada, and as well: the event will hopefully engage the community in a more open dialogue about mental health issues.
"This town has faced its share of fallback from mental health, with some deaths associated with it," Ms. O'Connor said. "Hopefully, we can reduce the stigma about mental health and get people talking."
Both women explained that they have battled depression in their lives, with Ms. O'Connor being diagnosed as a teenager, while Ms. Foster was only diagnosed recently.
Councillors voted unanimously to support the Trail Wak for Mental Health, and close off a portion of the Countryside Preserve parking lot for the event.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor commended the pair for their work as well as sharing their own stories.
"It takes pretty strong women to come forward and talk about this," commented Mayor O'Connor. "It wasn't that long ago that this type of thing was hidden away and people didn't want to talk about it."
The organizers are hopeful for a strong turnout, and to continue the Walk as an annual event in the township.
"We hope this is the first year of many, and hopefully get people talking and empower those who are suffering," said Ms. O'Connor.