Emma was a beautiful 14 year old girl who struggled with anxiety, depression and her sexual orientation in silence. She always portrayed a huge smile and a goofy attitude, went out of her way to help everyone around her and loved taking care of others.
On August 28th, 2018 Emma’s struggles became too heavy for her to carry, and she died by suicide. Before her death, Emma was knitting toques for homeless and less privileged kids and adults. Emma’s family has continued to make these toques in honour of Emma and her kind spirit. The world was a better place with her in it and she will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know her. Rainbows in Support of Emma is a fundraising initiative to support youth mental health education. All of the proceeds from toques sold will be donated to the RISE (Resilience, Information, Support, Empathy) program in order to expand resources, reach more youth, and continue these important conversations.
If you are looking for a new toque this winter, or you would like to donate to the program, please head over to Rainbows in Support of Emma to learn more about the program, Emma, and how you can help.