The Colchester East Hants Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is holding its 11th annual Women and Wellness event on Thursday, Jan. 30 at Cobequid Education Centre, and the evening is set to challenge a well-known statistic about mental health.
“We have all heard that one in five of us will be directly impacted by mental illness,” says Susan Henderson, Executive Director of the Colchester East Hants branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. “CMHA has expanded its mandate to include five in five. All of us are impacted by mental health, and we all have a role to play in supporting a mentally healthy community.”
To help demonstrate the concept that everyone you meet is either struggling with their mental health or connected to someone who is struggling with their mental health, Truro writers Heather Laura Clarke and Samantha Madore have written a one-act play that will be performed by local actors for the first time during the Jan. 30 event.
“As someone who’s been living with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager, I feel it’s so important to encourage these conversations about mental health — but sometimes people aren’t sure what to say,” says Clarke. “I love that these characters are going to be demonstrating the best ways to talk about mental health with different people in your life.”
The 11th annual Women and Wellness event is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30 at Cobequid Education Centre. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m. The evening, open to all women, will include appetizers, chocolates and door prizes.
Free tickets for this year’s event are available now through Eventbrite, and donations for the CMHA Branching Out building campaign will be warmly accepted.
For more information and to register for the event, visit https://womenandwellness2020.eventbrite.ca or phone 902-895-4211.