There is strength in numbers and that is the belief held by the Stephenville Lions Club as it joined forces with the Consumer’s Health & Awareness Network of Newfoundland and Labador, (CHANNAL) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to end the stigma regarding mental illness.
March 6-12, 2016 was identified provincially as Stigma Awareness Week. During this time, special consideration is given to educating and making others aware of the stigma portrayed towards mental illness in today’s society.
During the 2nd annual Stigma Awareness Week Variety Show held on Friday, March 11 at the Stephenville Lions Club, those attending were entertained through an assortment of talents from drumming circles, to
singing, instrument playing to stories and poems about strength and love right down to a good old Newfoundland recitation by our own King Lion Dave Rex.
Admission was just $2.00 with all proceeds being donated to the Southwestern Housing Stability Initiative’s Community Cafés, a monthly event held at the Lions Club, to raise awareness of the housing and homeless needs in the local area while offering social inclusion for everyone, accompanied of course by a hot, delicious meal.
In addition to community display boards with several prize draws and give-aways, folks were invited, through a unique 50/50 contest, to help take Stigma off the wall. With each 50/50 ticket purchased the buyer was invited to remove a post-it note that all together spelled stigma. Stephen Barry, the winner of $92.50 graciously donated the his winnings back to the cause.
Not to forget the reason for the gathering, Max Jacobs, Provincial Operations Coordinator with CHANNAL in St. John’s sang a beautiful song in memory of his friend James who lost his battle with depression in 2014 and who continues to be remembered for the fun-loving person he was.
According to CMHA, “stigma reduction is one of the great challenges facing mental health organizations,” however, it is believed that “education is the best means of preventing and eliminating discrimination.” We all must do our share to end the stigma, to ensure the betterment of our people and our
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