LIUNA Station, Niagara Falls, Brant Street Pier among more than 40 local landmarks to shine green for Mental Health Week
(Hamilton, April 28, 2016) – A mental health initiative launched earlier this month by Hamilton radio station AM900 CHML, in conjunction with several community partners, is growing rapidly.
More than 40 businesses, organizations and buildings in the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara areas will be lit green during Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) 65th annual Mental Health Week from May 2 to 8.
Lit buildings in Hamilton include city hall, LIUNA Station, First Ontario Centre/Hamilton Place, McMaster University’s University Hall, Hamilton Police Service divisions and Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King. In Halton, Burlington City Hall, all divisions of the Halton Regional Police Service and the Brant Street Pier will be lit.
This initiative began April 7 when AM900 CHML officially teamed up with the Burlington Community Foundation (BCF) and CMHA branches in Hamilton and Halton. It started in those regions, but has since spread to Niagara, where the Peace Bridge, Niagara Falls, Skylon Tower and the Main Street bridge in Welland will be lit green at the start of the week, as well as Guelph City Hall and a number of Toronto landmarks, including the CN Tower.
It’s not too late to join the movement. If your business or organization would like to illuminate your building next week, let the partners in this project know. Visit www.greenformentalhealth.ca for more information and an ongoing list of illuminated buildings.
“I’m overjoyed this green movement has swept across southern Ontario in only three short weeks,” said Ted Michaels, AM900 CHML on-air personality and host of the award-winning series, Wellness Wednesdays. “I can’t wait until the start of May for the region to shine for positive mental health.”
The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is “Get Loud.” It’s time to Get Loud and speak openly and honestly about mental health and the importance that positive mental health plays in our lives.
Members of the public are invited to take pictures of or selfies with illuminated landmarks or dress in green – the colour for mental health – and post pictures or messages to social media using #GETLOUD.
“It’s so gratifying to see so many people get behind this great initiative,” said Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO, Burlington Community Foundation. “At BCF, through our mental health initiatives in the community, we see that reducing mental health stigma is a vital need, and this movement contributes greatly to encouraging people to have conversations around mental wellness.”
“CMHA branches in Hamilton, Halton and Niagara are so proud to be part of this movement,” said CMHA Hamilton CEO Marilyn Jewell on behalf of the three CMHA branches. “Creating awareness is such an important aspect of stopping stigma and this initiative will make people notice.”
For more information or to request an interview:
On-air personality and host, Wellness Wednesdays
AM 900 CHML
Xposure PR (for Burlington Community Foundation)
Mental Health Promotion and Resilience Facilitator
905-521-0090 ext. 262
Specialist, Communications and Advancement
CMHA Halton Region Branch
CMHA Niagara Branch
905 688-2543 Ext. 626