Oakville “Defeat Depression” walk supports mental health awareness

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Residents of Oakville and surrounding areas have the opportunity to help their community on Saturday, May 30, by joining the Defeat Depression walk on Sixteen Mile Creek Trail at Lions Valley Park.

The walk is part of the Canada-Wide Defeat Depression Campaign, which takes place in communities across the country. The campaign promotes discussion about depression as well as other mood disorders, and is a way for communities to band together and support mental health awareness.

Participants hold up a sign in support of mental health awareness during the Defeat Depression walk at Loyalist College in 2014.

Participants hold up a sign in support of mental health awareness during the Defeat Depression walk at Loyalist College in 2014.

Oakville’s walk, which is both family and pet-friendly, has two routes: a relatively flat three kilometre route, and a five kilometre route with hills.

If you want to help the cause, even if you are unable to join on the walk, you can do so by visiting the website and donating.

The Oakville Defeat Depression website provides all the information you need, from how to donate to where your donations are going.

The campaign, supporting the Oakville Distress Centre, is hoping to raise $25,000. As of Friday afternoon, they have raised 65% of their goal.

The Oakville Distress Centre helps individuals with mental health and other issues in Oakville and the surrounding community. Their support line is available 24/7 to those in a crisis.

If you would like to join, registration opens at eight on Saturday morning, and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

If you choose not to raise funds or donate in advance, you can still join in on race day with a $30 donation per family.

You can also help by visiting the web page and sharing via Twitter and Facebook.

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