A recent study found that almost 60 percent of post-secondary students feel hopeless, while almost 45 percent felt so hopeless they couldn’t function. Another survey found that compared to 2013, eight percent fewer students felt their health was very good or excellent.
To raise awareness about mental health and remove the stigma around mental illness, especially among post-secondary students, Douglas College presents Miles for Mental Health, benefitting the Canadian Mental Health Association Vancouver-Fraser Branch.
The annual event is coming up on Oct. 15 at Queen’s Park in New Westminster. The 2.5km or 5km walk/run raises awareness about mental health and hopes to remove the stigma of mental illness, especially among post-secondary students.
I hope to see you at MIles for Mental Health! This is a cause that is very near and dear to me. Our mental health is essential to our wellbeing. It’s so important to me to contribute to ending the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.
You can read a blog post I wrote about promoting positive mental well-being in children here: https://stylingtheinside.com/2014/10/16/promoting-positive-mental-well-being-in-children/
Getting involved in community events that support mental wellbeing is one way I can take positive action. My family and I will be taking part in this run/walk. I always tell my girls being outside, and exercising is like an anti-depressant. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend our Sunday morning!
The idea is to get friends, family, and community together in support of healthy minds, healthy bodies, and mental health awareness.
The event will also feature music, food, and fun activities for families.
Hope to see you there!