In the May 18th, 2017 edition of the Standard, there was an article on the front page about a Defeat Depression Walk in Uxbridge. The article states, “75 per cent of the funds will go towards Ontario Shores, the closest place to Uxbridge where people struggling with a mental illness can go for treatment”.
Although Ontario Shores is the closest place for clinical treatment, we wanted to ensure that there was awareness of a local service offering mental health support.
Community Care Durham, Uxbridge’s COPE Mental Health service, established in 1977, is a community mental health program offering group support to adults with emotional and/or mental health concerns.
There is no fee for this service.
Community Care Durham (CCD) has offices in every municipality in Durham, including Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock, and all offices offer COPE Mental Health services, providing a large variety of outpatient assistance programs. In 2017, CCD Uxbridge, along with all CCD offices, is celebrating 40 years of providing service to the community.
On June 10th, 2017, at 9 a.m. to noon, CCD will hold the 12th Annual Walk for Mental Health Awareness, at Heydenshore Park in Whitby, and this year we are excited to announce that it will also take place, the same day and time, at Palmer Park in Port Perry.
Our Master of Ceremonies is Jim McKenny, former NHL hockey player and City TV sportscaster. There are free t-shirts, gift bags, children’s activities and great prizes including, a night’s stay at the Nestleton Waters Inn. There is no registration fee, but pledges are encouraged. Proceeds from the Walk benefit CCD services, including COPE Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock.
We hope your readers will consider attending the Walk for Mental Health Awareness, knowing that funds raised help provide mental health services in their own community.
Sincerely, Kathleen Wells,
COPE Program Manager
Uxbridge, Scugog & Brock