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Thursday May 10, 2018

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Great Turn Out

Community gathered to reduce stigma at new mental health speaker series, Mindful Mornings

Local corporations in Waterloo Wellington acknowledge d Mental Health Week at Mindful Mornings, a new speaker’s series prom oting mental health awareness . Grand River Hospital and Carizon Family and Community Services work together regularly to give patients the supports they need in the community. Now, Grand River Hospital Foundation and Carizon have partnered together to ho st a new event that aims to break down the stigma around mental health and open up conversations between colleagues, friends and families.

“It takes a whole system to help and support individuals who have mental health needs and their families which make events like Mindful Mornings so important,” said Tracy Elop, CEO of Carizon. “ We each have a part to help end stigma and t he attendance of everyone gathered today shows an incredible willingness to make this a reality in our community.”

Mental health aff ects everyone in both their personal and professional lives. Many of the corporations in attendance have acknowledged the importance of mental health in the workplace .

“ All of t e wonderful organizations that assist with mental health , we all benefit from the support of this community,” said Tracey Bailey, president and CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation.“ We would like to congratulate the many businesses’ in this room today that already makes mental health wellness a priority for their employees .”

“ Mental health affects all of us, which is why having open conv ersations and acces sible, patient - and family - focu sed services are increasingly important,” said Dr. John Heintzman , chief of p sychiatry, Grand River Hospital. “ Our aim is to bring our best efforts to provi de quality mental health program so we can address the u nique mental health needs of our community and support and instill hope in individuals and their families ."

The very first Mindful Mornings include d Steven Page, singer, songwriter and mental health advocate. About 300 guests gather ed at Catalyst137 on May 8 for this new breakfast, speaker series event.



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