I have decided to continue my efforts to raise funds and awareness in the name of mental health. This initiative remains very close to my heart especially since mental health affects certain people in my own family. The stigma surrounding mental health is so strong. This summer I conquered Mt. Kilimanjaro in order to support the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation in their initiative to build out a space for adolescents with psychiatric challenges. A highlight of the new space will be an innovative Pediatric Day Hospital for youth in crisis, allowing patients to continue their schooling during short-stay treatment periods. Our children and teens are suffering from depression, suicide, eating disorders, and drug abuse more than ever. I’m very proud to have been a part of this successful venture.
So, at this point, I turn to you all to decide my next big effort. To raise awareness for mental health, I should: