Jewish General Hospital says mental health services improved by Mindstrong Fitness Fundraiser

Since 2015, hundreds have been coming together every year to workout for A cause. Mental health is very important for everybody and mental illness really effects everyone because if it's not you, it's your family or someone else you know. It's called mind strong. They gather in great numbers at the Midtown Sanctuary to do things like Pilates and yoga, all to raise money for mental health care at the Jewish General Hospital. We're all a little sweaty now. This is our biggest turn out ever, so we're really proud of that. And we're really excited that the event came together and to see so many people out here exercising it just, it's amazing. The 8 events before this one had raised around nine and a half million dollars altogether. Adding on this year's total, they say they passed $10 million. According to Doctor Carl Hooper, the money helps fund infrastructure upgrades, high tech equipment, research, and more. The biggest project that we were able to realize with this funding is a complete renovation of our inpatient unit. It's a 48 bed unit. But to the participants, it's about much more than just raising money. It's also about breaking the stigma and telling people they're not alone. For us, the bigger picture is the compassion, the empathy. The fact that people are here celebrating something that used to be so stigmatized that nobody wanted their names or faces associated with it is huge. It's OK to ask for help. It's OK to ask for help. And of course, exercising has a direct correlation with improved mental health. When you exercise, you feel better, and it stimulates endorphins. And usually even better if it's with other people and there's so there's a social component and it just really feels fantastic. Improving access to resources is becoming even more important as a rising number of young people struggle in silence. Social media, there's going to be a big impact on mental health. Next year will be Mind Strong's 10th anniversary, where they'll seek to get more people together and raise more money than they ever have before. The Inspector, Global News, Cote d'aneje.

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