Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our first Saskatoon Virtual Run for Women brought to you by the LOVE YOU <3 Shoppers Drug Mart program! Together, we raised more than $60,000 for programs in Saskatoon supporting women and their families as they work through mental health challenges.
Thank you for your generous donations, your encouragement, and your caring spirit. This was a heart-felt event that was good for all of us in so many different ways. And the results … well let’s just say our hearts have been warmed.
You have been part of a community-wide effort to raise awareness of the negative impact this pandemic has had on everyone – particularly women – in our community — our family, our friends, our neighbours, ourselves. Thank you for giving from your hearts.
The past few months have been a confusing and anxious time for all of us! What is happening? What is still coming? When will I feel “normal” again? Luckily, most of us have friends and family who are with us to help keep us grounded and safe. Luckily, most of us have the resources to weather this storm. Luckily, most of us know that this too shall pass some day.
Unfortunately, many do not have this same kind of reassuring support, and many suffer in silence, feeling so alone in their social and physical isolation from others. Or worse – being fearful with no safe place to go!
Thank goodness for people like you who understand the importance of taking care of people when they re vulnerable and in need.
Your kind donations are making a difference in the lives of women bravely facing mental health challenges every day. Funds raised through this initiative will be put to work ensuring CMHA Saskatoon can provide immediate and direct support for women and their families in need during this challenging time and into the future.
Thank you for supporting CMHA Saskatoon and women’s mental health programs in our community.
Together we’re UNSTOPPABLE!
Celebrate the Beauty Mingle with Shoppers Drug Mart LIVE on Instagram Saturday, September 12 at 12:00pm EST, hosted by Sangita Patel & Valeria Lipovetsky.
Célébrez le Rendez-vous beauté avec Pharmaprix en direct sur Instagram. Animé par Florence Lavoie et Jessica Prudencio. Le 12 septembre à 12 h HNE.
Also, tune in for virtual beauty parties throughout the day.
The Beauty Mingle will direct 100% of funds raised to women’s mental health programs at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatoon branch. Donate now online or in-store by purchasing a ticket or icon. #BeautyMingle #ShoppersBeauty #ShoppersLoveYou
World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10th
Pandemic Increases concerns about mental health & suicide
For thethird year, CMHA Saskatoonis raising awareness aboutSaskatchewan’s alarming suicide rates. An outdoor art installation on the lawn of the CMHA Saskatoon Office, at 1301 Avenue P North, features work by Marilyn Irwin, as she chronicles her journey after the death by suicide of her son, MacRae.
Marilyn Irwin, artist, community activist, suicide survivor and MacRae’s mom. “We desperately need more community mental health supports, so people can get the help they need when they need it. Too many people die waiting and families are suffering alone.”
“The release of Pillars for Life, Saskatchewan’s new suicide prevention plan, is a good start to addressing the epidemic suicide rates in our province.” says Faith Bodnar, Executive Director, CMHA Saskatoon.CMHA Saskatoon looks forward to continuing our work with the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Health Authority as we implement solutions to these preventable tragedies.
Pillars for Lifefocuses on 5 priority areas: 1. Specialized Supports, 2. Training, 3. Awareness, 4. Means Restriction and Means Safety and 5.Research, Surveillance and Evaluation. The plan includes a one government approach, a central focus on prevention, community driven solutions and collaboration with Indigenous and Metis organizations.
Research shows the pandemic and its economic impacts are expected to have large scale mental health effects, including increases in suicide. A recent survey reported that in 2018, 2.5% Canadians reported having suicidal thoughts. In May 2020, a follow-up survey found 6% of Canadians recently experienced thoughts of suicide. *Sources
On September 10th, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pmeveryone is welcome to come by and experience the art installation on our lawn and meet Marilyn Irwin. If you are stopping, please wear a mask and keep a physical distance ofat least 3 meters.It’sa day to reflect on coming together to prevent suicide, honour and remember those we’ve lost by suicide, reduce the stigmaabout mental illness and acknowledge that suicide touches everyone.
Media Contact: Faith Bodnar, Executive Director, CMHA Saskatoon, cell 306-220-5201
Information and Links
Join us on Thursday September 10th for Robin’s coffee and Robin’s eggs. A tent will be set up drive-thru style at Impact Marketing from 7:00am – 10:00am or while coffee/eggs last!
Impact Marketing’s Race Team “Stomp the Stigma” is raising money for the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women. www.runforwomen.ca
A $5.00 donation will get you your morning coffee, and 3 Robin’s eggs. Other donation amounts are welcome, and appreciated. 100% of your donation will be going to the Canadian Mental Health Association for the Saskatoon Branch.
Want to join our team? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 306-652-2354
#1 – 1100 7th Avenue North
Thank you to Robin’s Foursquare for supplying the goodies!
#1 – 303 Confederation Drive
CMHA Saskatoon is partnering with Shoppers Drug Mart to raise money for women’s mental health.
Even though we can’t gather together in person, we can still feel the UNSTOPPABLE power of thousands of walkers and runners coming together in support of women’s mental health programs.
Sign up for $40 to join us for Run for Women Day in Canada, a live stream event on September 27 and complete your walk or run anytime between September 17 and 27.
Included with each registration:
- $40 Donation – 100% of your registration fee will be donated to Canadian Mental Health Association Saskatoon
- Shoppers Drug Mart legendary SWAG Bag worth over $100!
- Official Run for Women UNSTOPPABLE Bracelet
- Official Run for Women UNSTOPPABLE Technical T-Shirt
Sign up to raise some help for Saskatoon at runforwomen.ca
When we closed our doors in March, like everyone else, we had no idea what a return to work would look like, or when we would have the opportunity to be back at CMHA.
While we worked from home, we focused on supporting the clients that we work with every week, as well as those who were calling in crisis, needing more information, or just needing someone to talk to.
We are so happy to be returning to CMHA in a small capacity. Some of our staff are now booking appointments in office with clients, with safety protocols in place. We have each decided to do what is best for us, and our families at this time.
At this time, CMHA remains open by appointment only. If you are interested in booking an in person appointment with your mental health worker please reach out to them and see what services they are currently offering.
We are in the planning stages to bring back group programming in September and October.
Wondering what to expect when you arrive at CMHA for your appointment?
Please try to arrive no earlier than your scheduled appointment time. Knock on the door, or call your mental health worker to let them know you have arrived. After reading the screening questions, we ask that you put on a mask provided by CMHA (your MH worker will be wearing one as well), and your appointment will take place in the board room, where there is space to distance.
Appointments are limited to 45 minutes, in order to have time to wipe down common surfaces and clean before the next appointment.
We want to take this time to remind you that although things may look and feel very different, our support and commitment to our community remains the same.
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Brenda Yuen, one of our board members from CMHA Saskatoon talks honestly about her ups and down over the last few weeks, and what has been helping to keep her grounded. Also featuring a special appearance from her dog Booey!
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Jenna, a mental health worker at CMHA Saskatoon, talking about a simple gratitude practice that may help to shift your perspective during these times.