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Initiative to raise awareness & support for mental health services

Darpan News Desk, 08 May, 2018
  • Initiative to raise awareness & support for mental health services
The Canadian Mental Health Association BC is thrilled that locally-based mental health services will be made stronger this Mental Health Week, through a new “Take Time for Tea” campaign being offered at all 80 London Drugs stores across Western Canada.
 
“After sponsoring our suicide prevention work last fall, it is pretty amazing that London Drugs is with us again with this unique awareness and support campaign,” said Bev Gutray, the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division. “Pick-up a tea card at London Drugs, learn about our top tips for mental health, and make a donation if you wish. All proceeds from this campaign will go toward mental health services assisting people in need, right in our local communities.”
 
The “Take Time For Tea” campaign for local Canadian Mental Health Association branches runs this Mental Health Week May 7 to 13, at London Drugs stores from BC to Manitoba. Along with a stress-busting tea bag, the card contains tips for wellness and self-care from the Canadian Mental Health Association. The card reminds people “Whether it’s tea, a good book, or a walk in the park, remember to enjoy a cup of mental health today- and share it with someone you care about.”
 
This campaign follows a suicide prevention awareness campaign for World Suicide Prevention Day September 2017 funded by London Drugs, and an in-store initiative where London Drugs pharmacists received critical suicide prevention training, and mental health and suicide prevention information was displayed at pharmacy counters. Donations received through “Take time for tea” will facilitate access to resources individuals and their families require to maintain and improve mental health, as well as support recovery from mental illness.
 
“London Drugs is proud to continue our partnership with CMHA across Western Canada with this important “Take Time for Tea” awareness campaign,” said Chris Chiew, general manager, pharmacy, London Drugs.  “Mental health affects everyone and pharmacists are in an important position to reduce stigma and get people talking about it.”
 
Chiew added, “Let’s get everyone talking about mental wellness and self-care. Our London Drugs pharmacists are here to listen and here to help; we are encouraging everyone to get behind the theme of Mental Health Week, and #GetLoud.”

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