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  • 1. The Link Newspaper
    September 28, 2015
    Letter: Concordia Group Walks for Mental Health

    Lace up those running shoes and walk towards a world without stigma! Montrealers will be taking to the streets for the 7th annual Montreal Walks for Mental Health in an effort to raise awareness about mental health issues. The event will take place on Sunday Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. in Phillips Square.

    The Montreal Walks for Mental Health Foundation is a collaboration of 10 health and community organizations whose mission is to increase public awareness about mental health, and eliminate stigma and discrimination towards people who live with a mental illness.

    Did you know that one in five Canadians will experience mental illness in their lives? The walk brings mental illness out of the shadows and serves to reduce the stigma, which prevents so many people from seeking the help that they need. The funds raised from the event go to mental health resources throughout the City of Montreal.

    “Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to once again invite Montrealers to take part in Montreal Walks for Mental Health, and to join with Jasmin Roy and Jessica Vigneault to help make a difference by spreading the conversation about mental health,” said Marie-Josée Boivin, Vice-President Human Resources and Bell’s workplace mental health program lead.

    “We are proud to partner with Montreal Walk for Mental Health as we continue to work to end the stigma of mental illness that keeps so many from obtaining the care they need.”

    Concordia’s very own mental health club, Jack.org Concordia, will also be participating at the walk. We serve you, the students, with information on mental health resources on and off campus. Come and join us at 10:30 a.m. at Concordia’s downtown campus and we’ll walk on over together!

    -Jack.org Concordia

  • Radio Centre-ville
    October 1st 2015 Interview with Jean-Rémy Provost
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  • Montreal Gazette
    Montreal walks for mental health today.
    OCTOBER 4, 2015 9:03 AM

    One in five Canadians suffer from some form of mental illness at some point in their lives.

    The seventh annual five-kilometre Montreal Walks for Mental Illness is happening today, beginning at 11 a.m. in Phillips Square.

    They will march to Norman Bethune Square, before returning to Phillips Square.

    As a sign of lingering stigma surrounding the issue, the Montreal Walks for Mental Illness Foundation says only 50 per cent of Canadians are comfortable revealing that someone in their family suffers from mental illness.

    This is compared to family members suffering from cancer, which 72 per cent of Canadians are comfortable sharing.

    Anyone wishing to end the stigma and silence surrounding mental illness is invited to participate in the walk.


  • Journal Métro, LaPresse.ca, 98,5 FM
    October 4, 2015
    7e marche pour la santé mentale à Montréal
    Par Rédaction
    La Presse Canadienne

    MONTRÉAL – Pour une 7e année, une marche se tient dimanche à Montréal pour sensibiliser la population aux préjugés et à la discrimination que vivent les personnes souffrant de probèmes de santé mentale.

    Le président de la Fondation «Montréal marche pour la santé mentale», Paul Aubin, souligne qu’un Canadien sur 5 éprouve un problème de santé mentale au cours de sa vie.

    L’événement se déroule alors que débute la Semaine de sensibilisation aux maladies mentales.

    La Fédération des familles et amis des personnes atteintes de maladie mentale invite l’entourage de ces personnes à dire NON aux préjugés et à la stigmatisation.

    Signe que les préjugés persistent encore en 2015, à peine 50 pour cent des Canadiens se disent à l’aise de divulguer qu’un membre de leur famille compose avec une maladie mentale, [comparativement à 72 pour cent pour un problème de cancer, par exemple.


  • CTV News
    October 4, 2015
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  • Montreal Gazette
    Faces of Mental Illness encourage those who need help to open up
    Susan Schwartz
    Published on: October 5, 2015 | Last Updated: October 5, 2015 9:23 AM EDT

    People tell Patricia Lemoine that she is brave to speak publicly about the bulimia that plagued her for more than a decade – the secret binge eating and vomiting and the isolation and shame that accompanied it.

    She looks at it another way.

    “My experience is that secrets usually end up owning you unless you share them,” said the Montreal communications manager, who is also a law-school graduate. “My experience is also that when you open up, it’s amazing how many people will open up to you about their struggles.”

    Lemoine, 34, has chosen to open up as one of the “faces” in the 13th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign, an initiative of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health in which five Canadians share their experiences of living with mental illnesses and finding recovery. The figure five is significant, because one Canadian in every five will experience mental illness at some point; during Mental Illness Awareness Week, which runs to Oct. 10, that’s worth thinking about. She and the others are sharing their stories as part of an outreach campaign featuring promotional material and profile videos as well as media and political engagement: They will meet this week with Bell employees and have roundtable discussions with politicians and other policymakers in Ottawa.

    On the face of it, Lemoine looked normal — “I presented well,” she said — and she seemed together and self-assured. “But if you peeled back the layers, at the core of it was someone who was very insecure, who had self-esteem issues, who was battling an eating disorder.”

    She knew that her behaviour was self-harming. “It affected every single relationship I had. It affected every choice I made. It doesn’t feel good to throw up — and then to cover for it. But it was always there. At some point, you don’t even know who you are, because you are lying to everyone. … I was angry that I had the problem and ashamed of not being able to solve it. It was a problem of self-esteem more than food. But I didn’t know where to start.”

    A wake-up call came at 26, in the form of gallstones. Her doctor suggested that they were related to her eating habits and put her in touch with a therapist. “And we started to talk about the anxiety I felt around food,” Lemoine said. “It was the first time I felt someone was listening to me.”

    A dietitian helped, too: she realized, among other things, that she can never skip meals and that she cannot maintain the weight she did when she had an eating disorder.

    Lemoine also decided that she wanted to do more to try to bring it out of the shadows. For a time, she blogged about her personal experience and today she uses Twitter (@Patricia_L_) as a platform to provide peer support. She has testified on eating disorders before the House of Commons standing committee on the status of women and, for a few years, participated in the Montreal Walks for mental health event.

    More than 1,000 people took to the streets of downtown on Sunday afternoon for the seventh annual Montreal Walks event, coinciding with the start of Mental Illness Awareness Week. By late afternoon the event had raised more than $45,000.

    Major sponsors of Montreal Walks this year are Bell Let’s Talk, an initiative to promote mental health through national awareness, and the pharmaceutical company Lundbeck Canada. Both are also major sponsors of the Faces of Mental Illness campaign.

    “It takes a lot of courage and strength to speak openly about mental illness and those individuals willing to do so are incredibly inspiring,” said campaign chair Florence Budden.

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