What’s the “One Brave Night for Mental Health” challenge?
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s “One Brave Night for Mental Health” event is a Canada-wide challenge to share one night to inspire hope for the 20 per cent of Canadians living with mental illness in any given year. Millions of Canadians experience the pain of living with mental illness, as do their families, friends and colleagues. Only one in six youth with mental illness or addiction will access appropriate treatment.
In its first two years, CAMH’s “One Brave Night for Mental Health” has rallied 3,500 brave participants and more than 15,000 donors, raising more than $1.5 million. Congratulations to the boys of Seaton’s House for doing their part. The boys in the accompanying photos raised over $250 and climbed to the roof of Seaton’s House last week to take a 5:53 am sunrise selfie in support of the CAMH initiative.
The efforts of participants and donors have helped:
- Create three new youth clinics to help address the gap in mental health treatment
- Inspire hope through discovery by testing new treatment options for people with severe and treatment-resistant depression
- Publish over 500 journal articles, sharing the incredible discoveries made at CAMH
- Continue to redevelop CAMH facilities to build treatment, education and research spaces that reflect respect for patients and hope for recovery
- Expand effective and timely access to mental health services in remote and under-served communities around the country through technology and access to telepsychiatry