Vernon’s 100 Women Who Care group donate $8,150 to the Canadian Mental Health Association. (Photo submitted)

Caring women support mental health

Vernon group 100 Women Who Care donate $8,150 to Canadian Mental Health Association

Vernon’s 100 Women Who Care showed interest in mental health.

The group, which meets four times a year with each member donating $50 to one of three nominated non-profit groups, chose Canadian Mental Health Association as the recipient of its latest donation ($8,150).

Ryan Godard, CMHA volunteer and mental health advocate, shared his story about living with bipolar disorder and struggles that led to self-medication with drugs and alcohol leading to four suicide attempts before the age of 30.

“I was very lucky to survive suicide. I was truly given a second chance,” said Godard. “I feel so grateful to be here and to share my story. It is my hope that by sharing my story I can help break down the stigma surrounding mental health and inspire those facing similar challenges to speak up and seek help. I believe that we can work together as a community to improve mental health services.”

Suicide is a real and growing threat.

Statistics show 500 British Columbians die by suicide every year. After car accidents, suicide is the second most common cause of death among young people. Men in their 40s and 50s have the highest rate of suicide.

“We were moved to hear Ryan’s story and can see the need to improve mental health education and outreach for our community,” said Judy Rose of 100 Women Who Care. “We felt it was important to support the great work of CMHA to improve mental health services for North Okanagan youth and families.”

The funds raised by the 100 Women Who Care will go towards improving mental health community education and suicide prevention services in our community.

“Each year local families lose loved ones to suicide. Many of these deaths can be prevented with education and early support,” said Julia Payson, executive director of CMHA for Vernon and District.

“We must provide more community education to those most at risk. Community support will mean we can offer workshops and engagement opportunities throughout our community. This is a gap in the services currently offered in our community and by helping to fill this gap we can not only change lives, we can save lives.”

RELATED: Women caring about their community

For more information on 100 Women Who Care Vernon Chapter, e-mail 100womenvernon@gmail.com.

To learn more about the Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon branch, or to make a donation to improve mental health in the community, visit www.vernon.cmha.bc.ca or call 250-542-3114.



newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Cuteness overload: duckling thinks dog is its mom

Photographer Fiona Hook shot a cute video after noticing one of her ducklings had taken a special liking to her dog.

Fire near Vernon airport “not a concern”

Vernon firefighters attended the scene and found a resident performing a controlled burn

Keep an eye on this up-and-coming Vernon director

15-year-old Bowen O’Brien celebrates filmmaking successes.

Visiting author gets personal

Keri Lefave will be reading from her book, Unfinished, at the Vernon Public Library on Saturday, April 27th at 11 a.m.

Vernon poet launches new book

Kerry Gilbert’s new work, a cautionary tale through the guise of little red riding hood, will launch at the Caetani Cultural Centre’s Studio Gallery April 26 at 7 p.m.

Update: Fire destroys Peachland home on Somerset Avenue

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Summerland student examines effects of sound

Science fair project will go to national competition in New Brunswick

Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates stops by Okanagan café

Coates was spotted in West Bank’s Kekuli Café on April 20

B.C. women make 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

The money raised was donated to former NHL player Aaron Volpatti, who is raising funds for ALS

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read