DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Local residents can do their part to break the stigma of mental health issues next weekend at the second annual Defeat Depression Walk for Mental Health through Uxbridge’s picturesque trails.
The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 at the Countryside Preserve Trail, behind Rona and Walmart in Uxbridge.
Organizers Carly Foster and Logan O’Connor appeared before Uxbridge Council at their meeting on the morning of Monday, June 1 to outline their event, which strives to bring added awareness to mental health issues.
The pair thanked councillors for their support of the event, and urged others to share their own stories to aid others in the knowledge that many Canadians struggle with mental health at some point in their lives.
“Mental illness does not discriminate and the costs, both emotional and economic, are enormous,” added Ms. O’Connor. “One in five people suffer from mental health issues and it affects us all in some way. Help us put a face on illness so that our children don’t have to face the same stigmas that have been attached to mental illness. It’s a disease that will always be here, and people shouldn’t be ashamed.”
Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor praised the pair for their efforts, and noted that events such as the Defeat Depression Walk are helping to bring new focus to the importance of mental health.
“Whether you are the sufferer, a parent or friend, mental health affects us all,” commented Mayor O’Connor. “It seems like we are finally getting somewhere with events like this to recognize that it’s a health condition that has to be looked at and treated differently than it has been.”
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