News — 30 September 2015
‘Knitting the City Green’ for Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 4-10

Yarnbombing City Hall with (from left): Angela Eddison, Lori Russell, Roger Valley, Monique Watford, Angela Turvainen, Elaine Lindgren and Natalie Legros. Photo by Chris Marchand

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The team from Canadian Mental Health Association, Fort Frances Branch is “Knitting the City Green” to raise awareness during Mental Illness Awareness Week taking place the week of October 4-10, 2015. Expect to see hand-knitted bands of green displaying statistics and facts to help create community awareness around mental illness.

CMHA is fortunate to receive support from various local downtown businesses who will be dressing up their storefronts in green and distributing free awareness materials. Local schools will have the opportunity for their students to showcase a positive message by utilizing their fence space with “Cup Art”.

The focus of Mental Illness Awareness week is to bring attention to mental disorders and the issues around recognizing the signs and symptoms, how to get help, addressing stigma, hope and recovery and the impact of mental illness on lives, families, workplaces and society.

CMHA hopes to empower the community by encouraging individuals to challenge stigma to build a better, healthier and stronger community.

CMHA Fort Frances Branch provides various services throughout the Kenora Rainy-River Districts with emphasis on advocacy, education, research and client–centered recovery based services through programs such as Peer Support Program, Older Adults Program, Psychogeriatric Resource Program just to name a few.

 

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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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