Event Raises Awareness and Funds for Mental Health
As part of National Mental Health Week, the first ever ‘A Day in Their Shoes’ gala event, proudly hosted by the CMHA of New Brunswick, Fredericton office was held on Friday night at the Delta Hotel Ballroom. A Day in Their Shoes is a new fund-raising and awareness gala for the Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick (CMHA of NB) Fredericton…along with engaging stories of families that have lived-experience with mental illness, situational mental health conditions, PTSD, anxiety, and/or depression.
CMHA’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
Original link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvzA9kOTDGQ
The event helped bring to light the fact that while mental illness is very much an individual condition that happens in a person’s own mind and body, partners, family, friends, even co-workers are just as affected by their loved one’s mental illness as they live their daily lives together. Mental illness is not gender bias, it doesn’t discriminate against age, race, creed, wealth or status.
The models for the fashion show are couples from Fredericton that have been touched by mental illness, and their caregivers. They showcased clothing from Robert Simmonds Clothing and Samuel & Co.. At the same time, the models bravely shared their personal stories and journeys with mental health. I doubt that their was a dry eye in the house. The event was bolstered by a dazzling performance by SNAP, a burlesque show. Patrons also enjoyed delicious decadent desserts, live music, poetry and a fantastic silent auction raffle. Heart-felt fun was had by all. The event proudly raised by $5000+ for Fredericton area mental health.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, a nation-wide, voluntary organization, promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.