Bracebridge Rotarians partner with mental health organization
On January 15th, the Rotary Club of Bracebridge and the Canadian Mental Health Association Muskoka Parry Sound revealed a collaborative effort to aid individuals facing mental health challenges.
Globally, the World Health Organization notes that 450 million people are grappling with mental health concerns, with 6.7 million, or one in two Canadians, experiencing or having experienced mental health issues by the age of 40.
Locally the health unit reports:
- 5% of Muskoka residents rate their mental health as “fair” or “poor”, below the provincial average of 8.2%
- 2849 received service in Bracebridge in 2023
- 5036 separate program admissions in Bracebridge in 2023
The Rotary Club says "These statistics are staggering and there is still a strong stigma attached to mental illness that we would like to help the Canadian Mental Health Association - Muskoka Parry Sound.
The campaign started last week when Rotarians and CMHA staff gathered to assemble 100 comfort kits containing essential items for the homeless.