Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wanted: superheroes for Miles for Mental Health run and walk

by Tracey Denofreo, Marketing & Communications Office

Get out your cape and tights and help fight the stigma attached to mental health issues.

The Miles for Mental Health run and walk takes place on Saturday May 7 in Queen's Park, New Westminster and you - and your superpowers - are needed.

Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association - Simon Fraser Branch, a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness and funds for people with mental health challenges, the run/walk is the first of its kind in BC and is sponsored by Douglas College.

"We need to do whatever we can to raise awareness of mental health issues and help remove the stigma and shame surrounding them," says Scott McAlpine, President of Douglas College. "Many of our programs focus on working with and supporting people with mental health problems, so this event is a perfect fit for Douglas. I encourage everyone to take part."

You can register as a team, a family or an individual - everyone is welcome. It's a fun, inclusive event featuring a live band, food, art exhibition, face painting, crafts and more.

And yes, superhero costumes are welcomed.

See Miles for Mental Health for all the details.