One in five Canadians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, and the remaining four will know someone who will. On Sunday, October 16th, Ometz staff and clients took to the downtown streets with more than 1,000 other members of the community for the 8th annual MONTREAL WALKS for Mental Health. Organized by the MONTREAL WALKS for Mental Health Foundation, the mission of this popular event is to increase public awareness about mental health and eliminate stigma and discrimination towards people living with mental illness and those who support them.
Since its launch in 2009, MONTREAL WALKS for Mental Health has grown exponentially in number of participants and funds raised. Each year, the Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations like Ometz, that provide much needed mental health support services and promote recovery in the community.
According to Marcie Klein, Manager of Mental Health Support Services at Ometz, this focus on recovery is one of the major objectives for her unit. “Recovery does not necessarily mean a cure, but rather focuses on people recovering a meaningful life while making the most of their strengths and capacities,” says Klein, who was also one of the founding members of the MONTREAL WALKS’ organizing committee.
Ometz Chief Program Officer, Susan Karpman, who also oversees the Mental Health Department, says Ometz offers a number of services designed to help clients living with mental illness achieve their individual goals for recovery in the areas of supported independent living, day to day coping strategies, returning to employment and strategies to help them feel less isolated and more connected to community.
“When we have given our clients the foundation, skills and support to flourish on their own, we’ve achieved our objectives,” adds Karpman.
If you would like more information about the support options the Mental Health Support Services at Ometz provides, click here.
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