Mental Health and Volunteering

by michelle.bsparkx on April 2, 2017 - 9:45pm

The Star article titled “Mental health advocate Amy Bleuel, founder of Project Semicolon, dies” is about, as the title suggests, Amy Bleuel who passed away and the change she has made in the world. The article, written by Alina Bykova and Colby Itkowitz, describes what Project Semicolon was about, features things said by those close to Amy Bleuel and the importance of the project. The article was published very recently, on April 1st 2017. I have briefly mentioned Project Semicolon before and mental health, or more specifically Social Anxiety Disorder. The volunteer work I plan to do has a connection to mental health, as well as many other charities with different purposes.

I will be volunteering, with my mother for support, at the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal race, on April 22nd 2017, by handing out race packages and t-shirts to those participating in the race. Runners have the chance to win a certain amount of money, depending on what place they reach at the end of the race, for their chosen charity. The charities relating partly or directly to mental health would be Montreal Youth Unlimited and Tel Aide. Montreal Youth Unlimited relates partly to mental health by helping youth with their physical, emotional, educational, relational and spiritual health through their love of God. Tel Aide relates directly to mental health as they try to help people with their mental health by offering to listen to them over the phone, in English or French, and is available twenty-four hours a day, everyday. Through this volunteer work I help with the issue of mental health because without volunteers the race wouldn’t occur which would mean the charities wouldn’t get more money, donations and support which would mean there would be less help coming from that organization and less help with the issues surrounding mental illnesses.

 

Link to the article mentioned:

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/04/01/mental-health-advocate-amy-bleuel-founder-of-the-semicolon-project-dies.html

 

Other articles of interest:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/mar/31/how-mental-health-problems-affect-relationships-theyre-scared-that-this-time-you-might-die

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/mar/31/young-people-and-mental-health-since-diagnosis-i-have-taken-massive-strides

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