Friday, November 22, 2013

Plenty of smiles at 2013 Douglas College Miles for Mental Health Walk/Run

Members of the Douglas College Dream Team.
A smiling group of participants and volunteers—as well as some eager canines—gathered in New Westminster's Queen's Park for the 3rd-annual Douglas College Miles for Mental Health Walk/Run.

In crisp and bright fall weather, people took to the 5-kilometre run route and 2.5-km walk route along the forested Millenium Trail. The Nov. 16 event was organized by the Simon Fraser branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association to support the group's work in the community.

"What an uplifting experience it was to run and walk with colleagues in an effort to end the stigma and bias that surrounds those individuals experiencing mental health challenges," says Anna Helewka, with the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing department.

"Seeing so many people walking and running for this cause gave us all some hope that we can make a difference and that we will realize our dream for a change in societal attitudes towards mental illness."

Douglas College is a proud sponsor of the event and a group of employees from the institution took part.