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(Vaughan, ON) – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) York Region South Simcoe’s largest fundraising event, Mental Health in Motion, raised more than $166,000 for youth mental health services. On Sunday, June 11, 2023, 320 community members came together to support youth mental health and celebrate the unveiling of the next generation of CMHA’s Mobile Youth Walk-In Clinic (MOBYSS).
“A decade ago, a dream was born to create an innovative mobile clinic for youth, and thanks to a community that strongly believes in mental health, MOBYSS has delivered life-saving care to more than 16,000 youth across York Region and South Simcoe since 2015,” says Rebecca Shields, CEO of CMHA York Region South Simcoe. “Now more than ever, youth in our community need access to safe, medical and mental health care, and with the help of this incredible community, the next generation of MOBYSS is on a mission to help 20,000 more youth.”
To date, Mental Health in Motion has raised over $166,000, including $119,361 through peer-to-peer fundraising and $47,297 through sponsorships, corporate donations, silent auctions and registration fees. Donations are being accepted until June 30, 2023, at www.cmhainmotion.ca.
This year, the top fundraising participants are Judy Brunton who raised $17,941, Jim Eliopoulos who raised $6,745 and Frank Romantini who raised $6,525. The top fundraising team is Team Jake who raised $13,095.
CMHA York Region South Simcoe is grateful for the support of presenting sponsor Staples Canada, as well as additional sponsors McDonald’s Canada, Cattanach Hindson Sutton VanVeldhuizen LLP Barristers and Solicitors, TS Tech, Powell Contracting, Foster Family Chiropractic and Associates, and Knowledge Broker Real Estate.
CMHA-YRSS is also appreciative of the many in-kind community supporters and vendors at Mental Health in Motion: Steps Management Group Inc., Orangetheory Fitness Newmarket-Aurora, York Region Police, Oli Graham, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, Minuteman Press, Ontario Provincial Police, Town of Newmarket, Water Depot Newmarket, McDonald’s Canada, D&D Party Rentals, Big Bone BBQ, Metroland, London Publishing Corp., Village Media, 105.9 The Region and Neighbour Media.
Mental Health in Motion
Mental Health in Motion is York Region and South Simcoe’s largest fundraiser for youth mental health services. For more information, visit cmhainmotion.ca.
Youth Mental Health Programs in York Region and South Simcoe
CMHA offers a variety of mental health programs for individuals aged 12 and above including MOBYSS (pronounced mo-bies), Ontario’s first mobile health clinic for youth ages 12 to 25. MOBYSS travels to where youth are in York Region and South Simcoe, offering free support for mental health, physical health, and sexual health support. Learn more at mobyss.ca.
Additional youth services include supportive Youth Wellness, BounceBack Ontario for youth (15-17), newcomers support, housing support services, employment services, case management, recovery-oriented groups and more. CMHA York Region South Simcoe also offers Family Support Groups for those who are caring with a loved one with mental illness. For more information visit cmha-yr-on.ca/programs/youth.
About Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region and South Simcoe
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health with 75 branches across the country, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness and addiction.
CMHA York Region South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) is one of the fastest growing branches of CMHA, last year serving more than 18,000 clients. With a vision of providing Mental Health to All, CMHA-YRSS offers more than 30 mental health and addictions programs for youth, adults, family caregivers, local businesses and community organizations. Learn more at cmha-yr.on.ca.