HUGE Success in 2016

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...
Why We Participate: Remembering Nick

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...
Out of the shadows – Triumph over mental illness and addiction

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...
2015 Douglas College Miles for Mental Health Shirt Design

2015 Douglas College Miles for Mental Health Shirt Design

Hurry, we’re placing our final order on Wednesday the 23rd. Get registered, don’t miss out on this year’s awesome design. Huge thanks to the team at Oddball Workshop for making us all look epic this year! CMHA is proud to support local in our choice this year to work with Oddball Workshop, keep up the great work gang. Remember all funds raised go straight to supporting our child and youth programs within CMHA Vancouver-Fraser...
Message from Executive Director Michael Anhorn

Message from Executive Director Michael Anhorn

“Douglas College Miles for Mental Health is an opportunity to come together as a community and say mental health is important to me, and it’s ok to talk about,” says Michael Anhorn, Executive Director of CMHA Vancouver-Fraser Branch. “We are so thankful for the support from the community and are looking forward to an inspiring day on October 4th.” -Michael Anhorn Donations for this year’s Douglas College Miles for Mental Health go directly towards supporting Vancouver-Fraser Branch Child and Youth programs. Help make literacy in mental health available to all youth; a critical defence against mental illness. Register...
Sarah Jamieson: Fundraising for a Cause

Sarah Jamieson: Fundraising for a Cause

Each of us can be a hero, no cape or flying ability required. Sarah has shown her heroism in her ability to unite people under a cause. We sat down with Sarah because she has accomplished something many of us may think impossible; she has helped raise nearly $2million for over 57 charities worldwide. Check out our interview and learn Sarah’s top 5 tips to becoming a fundraising superhero! Q. You had a million dollar goal, can you tell us about it? Sarah: When I was 25, I started noticing that many of the races I was signing up for offered the option to raise funds for a charity of choice. It was then the seed was planted to combine two of my favorite passion; running and community. RUN4CAUSE was still in it’s infancy, but I knew if I could do a few races per year and take the time to engage with, and connect with the charities I was running for, I could make an impact. I had always joked about raising $1 million dollars (insert the Mike Myers Dr. Evil voice here). It wasn’t until 2012; when I spoke at the TedXKids@BC event where I realized I was actually making that happen. Over the next 3 years, I redirected my focus to not only race and raise funds, but chose to also public speak and hold events throughout the year for the 4 main pillars of RUN4ACAUSE; which are (1) mental health, (2) at risk youth, (3) girls leadership in international development and (4) first responders. I am very proud to say that we surpassed that goal, and...