Vernon CMHA launches Gift of Hope campaign

Gifts for mental illness

The Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon Branch is launching its Gift of Hope campaign to raise money and give gifts to those living with mental illness.

The project hopes to raise $25,000 in donations and 200 small gifts.

"Donations from our community members help those with mental health challenges, from youth to seniors across the mental health spectrum," says Julia Payson, Vernon CMHA's Executive Director. "The needs of our community are growing so we continue to  grow and expand our services. Each year we work to provide vital support to vulnerable individuals with urgent mental health challenges."

The donations help support the Crisis Line which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Youth programs, early intervention and suicide prevention programs are all reliant on donations and support from the community.

There are a number of amounts and ways you can donate to the Gift of Hope campaign.

$25 sponsors a mental health education course for low income parents. $50 sponsors a youth or senior for a month of a mental health fitness course. $100 supports a youth for two months in a peer support and life skills program. $250 funds a suicide prevention course for parents and/or caregivers. You can also donate small gifts like winter clothing, board games or $5 gift cards to Tim Hortons, A&W and Subway.

You can drop off your gifts to the Vernon CMHA, and to donate you can call them at 250-542-3114 ext. 224 or online on their website. Simply Delicious Food Market is also helping with the campaign by offering a chance for a year of free groceries when they add a CMHA donation to their purchase.

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