Steps to Stop the Silence around Suicide and Mental Health walk Elora to Ottawa
Innovative Wellness is proud to support Neil Dunsmore in his Steps to Stop the Silence around Suicide & Mental Health. He is walking 500km from Elora to Ottawa. We were there at the start finish and midway too.
September 5, 2020 Innovative Wellness was there to kick off the walk with Neil in Elora at 0km with 50 others
Sept 11, 2020 Innovative Wellness was there for 40km from Uxbridge to Lindsay. Thank you Terry at CKDO for the great radio interview to kick off the day. Got Neil doing some therapeutic yoga at the our 10km break times (:
September 27, 2020 We were be there to celebrate finishing the 500km walk in Ottawa
CMHA WW created “Power of One” award for Neil Dunsmore
Centre Wellington councillor completes 531 km walk to Ottawa
Published Sunday, September 27, 2020 6:19PM EDTLast Updated Monday, September 28, 2020 9:17AM EDT
On Sunday, the councillor for Centre Wellington completed his 531 kilometre walk to Ottawa.
Dunsmore made the journey as a way to bring attention to mental health issues.
“There’s two pandemics going on,” Dunsmore said. “COVID-19 we will eventually solve. The mental health pandemic is under the surface.”
He also wanted to raise money for the Cody Shepperd Project, an initiative that supports families who are struggling with mental health challenges and suicide. It’s named after the Centre Wellington District High School student who died by suicide in 2017.
Dunsmore says nobody should ever feel like they they’re alone.
“It’s a stigma problem, people don’t reach out because they think it’s a weakness and part of the steps to stop the silence is getting the message out that you are not weak if you ask for help,” he said.
Dunsmore said he chose Ottawa as his final destination to bring more government attention to the issue.
He hopes all levels of government will step up and take action.
Oct 1, 2020 Senator Black…Senate Statement on the “Steps to Stop the Silence” Walk in Support of Mental Health Awareness
****CODY SHEPPARD PROJECT****
Centre Wellington Councillor Neil Dunsmore is embarking on a heartfelt journey, to raise awareness for mental health issues in our community and across our country. He will walk from the Centre Wellington Councillor Chamber’s in Elora to the Peace Officer’s Memorial in Ottawa, which is held this year on Sunday, September 27th.
Neil will be leaving the Elora Councillor Chamber’s on Saturday, September 5th at 10 am, arriving at the memorial on the 27th.
The total journey will be approximately 500 km and Neil’s goal will be to keep a pace of 30 km a day.
Its Neil’s goal to not only raise awareness but to bring our community together and raise funds for the Cody Shepperd Project in support of their mental health initiatives.
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