Community rallies together to support women’s mental health at Grand River Hospital

More than 850 people kicked off Mental Health Week by participating in SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women on Sunday, May 6 at Shade’s Mills Conservation Area.  The event raised $110,000 to support programs for women with mental health and addiction challenges.

Participants raised money through pledges and local Shoppers Drug Mart stores led fundraising initiatives in the weeks leading up to the event.

“It’s incredible to see how hard this community works to be inclusive and support the physical and mental health of its citizens,” said Tracey Bailey, president and CEO, Grand River Hospital Foundation. “We are so grateful to have donors who are passionate about mental health and because of them, and our dedicated team of professionals, Grand River Hospital is able to expand its reach and help more people in the community get the care they need.”

Donations from SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women funds the new women’s support group that addresses the needs of women with mental health and addictions.

“Research has shown that women tend to do best in gender-based settings. Thanks to the proceeds from this run, Grand River Hospital was able to develop this group, the only one of its kind, from the ground up and tailored to the needs of women struggling with mental health and addictions,” said Shani Ellis, social worker at Grand River Hospital who helped develop the support group.

Last year, Grand River Hospital’s mental health program cared for nearly 6,500 people in its inpatient and outpatient services, more than 3,000 of which were female. The women’s concurrent disorder group benefited 191 women in 2017/18.

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