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Help end the stigma by joining the conversation

Saturday, April 19, 2014   by: Staff



To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, Seamus O’Regan will be in Sault Ste. Marie to facilitate a conversation on mental health.

On May 9, 2014, Algoma Family Services and Algoma Family Services Foundation will host O’Regan at The Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel.

Event tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students with a valid student card and available at Algoma Family Services (205 McNabb Street) or by calling 705-945.5050.

O’Regan is the frontman and spokesperson for Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk” campaign and is known worldwide as a national news correspondent for CTV.

His is an innovative leader in the conversation on mental health and a passionate speaker, talking openly about the reality of mental illness.

One in 5 children and youth have a mental health problem that affects their lives, causing them to struggle with the way they think, feel and act.

These mental health disorders often go untreated and unnoticed by others due to the stigmas associated with diagnosis.

By initiating conversations and joining in existing ones, we can all play a part in decreasing the stigma around mental illness.

Algoma Family Services provides programs and services for children, youth and families throughout the Algoma District who are struggling with their mental health.

Algoma Family Services Foundation provides meaningful opportunities for the community to help resource these mental health programs and services which would otherwise not be available through provincial funding.

Just by talking about mental health, we can help reduce the stigma and aid people in getting the help they need.

The stigma surrounding mental illness is toxic and harmful to those struggling, but by joining the conversation, things can change.


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nanci 4/19/2014 10:26:16 PM Report

Would like to take part and be a part of the conversation, however taking care of a person with mental illness does not allow us the luxury of a $20 ticket. Besides it is my loved one you should be hearing from and that would make it $40? Thank you anyway.
BlackHelix 4/20/2014 8:44:28 AM Report

I don't get it. Are you saying you can't afford a ticket BECAUSE you are taking care of someone with a mental illness?

IgnorantNortherner 4/20/2014 9:07:54 AM Report

I am all for easier access to mental health services (at least as easy as healthcare) and I applaud AFS for encouraging discussion....but $20?

Is that all going to charity or does part of it go to a speaking fee for Seamus or...?
dandrew61 4/20/2014 12:33:26 PM Report

That would be my question. Where does the $20 go?
ThinkAgain 4/20/2014 1:49:11 PM Report

I'll have mental illness, if you think I'm paying $20 for a ticket.
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