Queen's Park

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Join us on Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at Queen’s Park, New Westminster to walk/run and raise awareness to the importance of mental health services in your community.

Miles for Mental Health brings our community together in support of healthy minds, healthy bodies, mental health awareness, and stigma reduction. The upbeat family event will feature music, food including fresh coffee, and fun activities for families.  Participants receive a free T-Shirt!

Registration opens at 9:00am sharp!  The events will run 10:00am – 12:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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An institution dedicated to providing graduates the tools necessary to “DO what they love;” Douglas College now 5 years as presenting sponsor is driven to make a difference in the lives of those affected by mental illness. Douglas believes all people should be free to “DO what they love.”

Join Our Volunteer Team

We rely on the help of volunteers to make this event possible. Join our team of outstanding individuals dedicated to making a difference. Through your support of Miles for Mental Health you have the power to make a difference in someone’s life who struggles with mental illness.

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SPONSOR

Community Support

Angelina’s Restaurant 
Costco Wholesale 
Landmark Cinemas
Save-On-Foods
Wild Rice Market Bistro
Ethical Bean Coffee 
Safeway
Carnarvon St.
Burger Heaven
Lululemon Metrotown

From the Blog

HUGE Success in 2016

Congratulations on a HUGE Success! We are proud to announce 175 heroes ran/walked yesterday at the Douglas College Miles for Mental Health event raising over $23,382, and still counting, in support of mental health programs and services in New Westminster! Douglas College and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver-Fraser thank you for your unwavering support and commitment – even unfavorable weather conditions didn’t stop our heroes!  Through your effort, passion and donations, you have made a positive impact in your community. Thank you to all participants, sponsors and volunteers – we greatly appreciate your dedication to mental health for all. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about how your fundraising dollars have impacted your... read more

Why We Participate: Remembering Nick

Team, “In Memory of Nick Healey #00” is our team fundraising leader at $4,000 raised at the time of this post. This team of heroes has now raised a combined two year total of $12,680 for CMHA-Vancouver Fraser; thank you! With permission we’re honored to share the story behind their passion to reduce the stigma of mental illnesss and suicide. I would love you to meet my son Nick, second oldest of five, an amazing bother and even better uncle, grandson, cousin,nephew, and a true friend to so many. Nick was an Honor Roll student and had nearly completed his degree in Criminology. He excelled as a lacrosse goalie, and progressed to become both a referee and coach. Nick was the VP of his fraternity, an advocate for blood donation and an avid volunteer. We first learned that Nick was suffering when he was in high school. We were told it wasn’t too serious, just normal teenage stress and anxiety. They advised us to keep a close eye on him and to encourage him to keep up with his normal routine as much as possible, so that’s what we did. Life continued on for all of us and things were going well. Nick would get down at times, but he would always bounce back and once again be cracking jokes, hanging out with his friends and being a normal young adult. Nick was fun, adventurous, outgoing and he was always the life of the party – even if there was no party. Sports were his outlet; he loved lacrosse, spending time with his team mates, and coaching his younger... read more

Out of the shadows – Triumph over mental illness and addiction

Thank you! All of your support is greatly appreciated as we race towards out $60,000 goal. We wanted to share with permission a story of one of our clients that wishes to show that recovery is possible! “Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – -Emily Dickinson There was a time when I lived without hope. Mental illness struck me at the heart of my youth. The University of Victoria had been my sanctuary for six months when the first symptoms emerged. And then slowly the storm intensified. It started as mere rituals and preoccupations. Fixations with cleanliness, order, symmetry and personal appearance overtook my drive for academic achievement, and even the most insignificant triggers initiated the need to check, recheck and then check again. I cleaned, organized, tidied, checked, measured, scrutinized and preened, and then repeated the process over and over again. The anxiety followed me everywhere, carrying with it a sensation of a thousand pinpricks to my chest. I was first diagnosed shortly before my eighteenth birthday. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I was put on an antidepressant and told it would take six to eight weeks to notice an improvement. That would prove to be too long a wait as a new preoccupation took hold. Paranoia. By the time my second year at the University of Victoria came around, psychosis was in full swing. Fearing other students were gossiping about me and spreading rumors behind my back, I isolated myself from social connections. Hallucinations, both... read more

Douglas Ambassadors: Hailea and Meredith

I share all my successes with the people who have encouraged me through my moments of defeat.

Community is the most important resource a person can have when dealing with mental illness