Sincere thanks

Trudy McCormick

Dear editor,
On behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to Jackie Lampi-Hughes of Energy Fitness, Brockie’s Jewellers, and Chown/Botsford Dental Office for organizing and sponsoring the “My Bass 5K Energy Run” on July 25.
The proceeds raised were donated to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Due to your sponsorship, $1,184 was donated.
Mental illness affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend, or colleague. Twenty percent of Canadians (one-in-five) personally will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
The connection between mental and physical fitness is well known.
Exercise on a regular basis helps to relieve stress, improves and strengthens our muscles and lungs, and releases chemicals in our brains to promote wellness.
This event was a perfect venue to promote the positive connection between mental and physical health.
The stigma surrounding mental illness is a huge barrier to people seeking help and treatment.
The visibility of the 5K run, and the promotion for the event, was an important step in bringing mental health to the forefront.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event promoting mental health in our community.
Trudy McCormick,
Board president,
Canadian Mental
Health Association
(Fort Frances branch)