Before the snowy weather sets in, Oakville residents have the chance to participate in a fundraiser benefiting local mental health programs on October 4th. The Swim or Walk for Mental Health began 7 years ago when Frank Zamuner founded the charitable event, having experienced the challenges of living with depression in the wake of heart surgery.
Dr. de Kleer will be participating in this year’s event being held at Appleby College in Oakville, contributing to the event’s fundraising goal of $35,000.
The arena of mental health is often underserved due to public funding cuts, and the challenge of overcoming the stigma of mental illness is still at hand. Here are some current stats from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to shed some light on the prevalence of mental health issues for Canadians:
- Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
- 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
- Mental illness affects people of all ages, cultures, and educational and income levels.
- Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
- About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”).
Some tips for improving mental health provided by the CMHA include:
- Eat (and drink) well
- Get enough sleep
- Practice healthy thinking
- Build a healthy support network
For details on these recommendations, click here.
The Swim or Walk for Mental Health is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and strengthen the resources and programs that are available to the Oakville community. Oakville Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skincare is proud to be contributing to this very worthy cause. We hope to see you there!