One Brave Night… for Mental Health
It’s been a week since I had stayed up all night in support of a CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health campaign. I grew up with a depression in my family. For years I believed that it was a private, confidential subject not well suited for a company’s post. But the shocking statistic is that 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. That means that our someone we work side-by-side could be affected and we might not even be aware of their condition.
What is CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health?
People living with mental illness say nighttime is the hardest for them. It is in the darkness they feel most alone and have the least amount of hope. CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health asked Canadians to bravely share one night to inspire hope for people who will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. On Friday May 13 the country was challenged to stay up all night and fundraise in order to defeat mental illness.
This year, CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health has raised over $760,000. At dawn, participants posted their #sunriseselfies and described their experiences. Some, like me, relied on our friends and co-workers for strength and support. Some had workplace parties. Me and my friends went out, shared food, laughs and stories.
How do funds get distributed? In 2014/15, this is where money donated to CAMH went:
Have we turned the corner when it comes to stigma associated with mental illness? I certainly hope so! I believe that CAMH is now closer to improving access to care, conducting more research to find better treatments, and building more spaces for healing.
Send me your thoughts and ideas on what could be done to help me stay up next year!