Community gathered to reduce stigma at new mental health speaker series, Mindful Mornings

Local corporations in Waterloo Wellington acknowledged Mental Health Week at Mindful Mornings, a new speaker’s series promoting mental health awareness.

Grand River Hospital and Carizon Family and Community Services work together regularly to give patients the supports they need in the community. Now, Grand River Hospital Foundation and Carizon have partnered together to host a new event that aims to break down the stigma around mental health and open up conversations between colleagues, friends and families.

Mindful Mornings committee with Steven Page

Left to right, Tracey Bailey, president and CEO of Grand River Hospital Foundation; Mary Ann Wentzler-Wiebe, chair of Mindful Mornings committee; Leanne Brown, Mindful Mornings committee member; Amber Bernard, special events manager of Grand River Hospital Foundation; Steven Page, guest speaker; Tracy Elop, CEO of Carizon Family and Community Services; Ryan McCartney, Mindful Mornings committee member.

“It takes a whole system to help and support individuals who have mental health needs and their families which make events like Mindful Mornings so important,” said Tracy Elop, CEO of Carizon. “We each have a part to help end stigma and the attendance of everyone gathered today shows an incredible willingness to make this a reality in our community.”

Mental health affects everyone in both their personal and professional lives. Many of the corporations in attendance have acknowledged the importance of mental health in the workplace.

“All of the wonderful organizations that assist with mental health, we all benefit from the support of this community,” said Tracey Bailey, president and CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation. “We would like to congratulate the many businesses’ in this room today that already makes mental health wellness a priority for their employees.”

“Mental health affects all of us, which is why having open conversations and accessible, patient- and family-focused services are increasingly important,” said Dr. John Heintzman, chief of psychiatry, Grand River Hospital. “Our aim is to bring our best efforts to provide quality mental health program so we can address the unique mental health needs of our community and support and instill hope in individuals and their families.”

The very first Mindful Mornings included Steven Page, singer, songwriter and mental health advocate. About 300 guests gathered at Catalyst137 on May 8 for this new breakfast, speaker series event.


About Carizon Family and Community Services

Carizon helps families thrive in their community by supporting their mental health and well-being. A multi-service organization, Carizon delivers supportive, therapeutic and preventative programs and services. www.carizon.ca


About Grand River Hospital Foundation

Grand River Hospital Foundation raises funds to help Grand River Hospital provide exceptional health care. With the support from generous donors and loyal community partnerships, Grand River Hospital Foundation granted $8.6 million last year to fund medical equipment and technology; renovation projects; and local clinical and health research and education. The commitment to health care in our region ensures that the Waterloo Wellington residents will have access to the best health care services close to home.


For more information, please contact:

Monica Scott, Communications Officer, Grand River Hospital Foundation

Office: 519-749-4300 ext. 5423

Email: monica.scott@grhosp.on.ca   |  www.grhf.org