Oakville-Halton Defeat Depression 2017 Walk

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Date(s) - Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lions Valley Park


About the Defeat Depression Campaign

Defeat Depression is a national mental health awareness, anti-stigma and fundraising campaign that provides hope and reduces stigma for people affected by depression and other mood disorders. Across Canada, mental health organizations, community groups, caring companies and concerned volunteers are planning walks, runs, rides and other physical or social activities encouraging people to Move for Mental Health.

Depression is a common illness affecting many individuals and families. It strikes all socioeconomic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. Physical activities, such as walking and running, along with social interactions can have a positive effect on mental health, and opening the dialogue to educate Canadians about mental illness can help break down the barrier of stigma.

Goals of Defeat Depression

The goals of the Defeat Depression campaign are to:
RAISE awareness, knowledge, and acceptance of mental illness
FUNDRAISE in support of local mental health services
REDUCE stigma and create an environment that encourages people to come forward for early intervention and treatment
BUILD a mental health network and increase collaboration across communities
PROVIDE resources and supports for individuals living with mental illness and their families
GROW the campaign to new communities across Canada

Where Your Donations Go

Donations received through the Defeat Depression campaign assist local community organizations who provide critical supports and services to individuals and families affected by depression, mood disorders and other mental illness. One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and the need for community services has never been greater. Community mental health organizations are struggling to keep up with demand. While mental illness reflects approximately 15% of the health care burden in Canada, only a small fraction of health care dollars are allocated to mental health. This directly impacts health services available in your community. We know that timely access to mental health care can make a difference between rapid recovery and return to daily living, or lifelong chronic illness.

This lack of funding is why your support makes a difference. The financial model of this campaign is structured to keep the majority of funds raised in local communities, with 75% of proceeds going directly to local services and 25% going to support the national campaign. A small portion is earmarked for administrative costs, with the majority going to developing and supplying resources and campaign materials.

Parking – available at Lion’s Valley Park or Knox Presbyterian Church Sixteen, 1150 Dundas St. West (located at the top of Lions Valley Park Road).
9:00 am – Registration Opens! Located just over the bridge off the Lion’s Valley Parking Lot
9:20 am – Yoga with Monica Daza-Stephan from YogafyMyLife (you can join in at any time between 9:20-9:45)
9:45 am – Welcome from the Distress Centre and Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr
10:00 am – Walk begins! There is a forgiving 3 km route with little elevation, or try the 5 km route with some hills to add a little challenge as you enjoy the views along the banks of Sixteen Mile Creek.
After the walk – Join us at the registration area to collect your certificate and enjoy a slice of Panago Pizza!

Draw – for every $25 you raise, your name will go into the draw for a Glen Abbey Golf Club Package valued at $1,000

Hope you can join us! This is a Family & Pet-Friendly event.

REGISTER TODAY and help us reach our fundraising goal of $15,000! If you are unable to attend, please spread the word to friends and family and consider making a monetary donation. Making a contribution to this event, either by attending, volunteering or by donation, means making an investment in the mental health of our community and helping to erase the stigma associated with mental illness.

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