The Mental Health and Addictions Services (MHAS) Fun Run kicked off Mental Health Awareness Week on May 3. A total of 297 people participated in the run in Diefenbacker Park in Saskatoon.

 

Runners in the park

Nearly 300 people participated in the MHAS Fun Run on May 3rd which kicked off Mental Health Awareness Week #Getloud

Participants this year had a choice of completing an individual walk/run two, five or 10 kilometres in length, or participating in the 16 km team relay or individual run, which was new this year.

 Activities are occurring all over Saskatoon in celebration of the 64th national Mental Health Week. Monday was a day of food and fellowship at the Vimy Memorial Bandshell in Kiwanis Park. The barbecue featured a variety of games and activities, including an interactive hula hoop demonstrations and a lesson and performance by Joy of Jammin’.

On Tuesday, there was a free pankcake breakfast at the Crocus Co-op on Avenue B South, celebrating 32 Years of caring, respect, opportunities, challenges, understanding and support. And on Wednesday, the Saskatoon Housing Coalition and Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service sponsored a barbecue at the Crocus Co-op.

Events still upcoming this week include:

  • Thursday, May 7 – Academic Workshop Presented by Dr. Peter Butt, “Concurrent Care Through an Addiction Lens,” 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 314 Duchess Street at Community Adult Recovery Services.
  • Friday, May 8 – “Living on the Outside – Experiences of Mental Illness and Post-Incarceration,” 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Neatby Timlin Theatre at University of Saskatchewan. This fireside chat and panel will examine the lived experience of mental illness post-long term incarceration. The guest Speaker is Victoria Maxwell, “Crazy for Life.”To register in advance call 306-655-0472.
  • Friday, May 8 – Mental Health Awareness Week Windup Dance – 7:00 p.m. at the Kinsmen Hall/Cosmo Seniors Centre, 614 11th Street East. Live Music by The 3 Canadians, pizza and pop served. Thanks to the generosity of the Saskatoon Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon, transportation to and from the dance will be provided.
  • Saturday, May 9 – Schizophrenia Society Saskatoon Chapter Gala – 6:00 p.m. with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Presentations follow. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.schizophrenia-saskatoon.com

Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. It’s a state of well-being.  Saskatoon Health Region is inviting the community to #getloud for mental health.