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Monday, November 5, 2018

Mental Health Open Mic Night

Owen Sound | by Robyn Garvey  

Wes For Youth is holding a night to talk about mental health with guest speakers in Owen Sound.

A special Open Mic Night for Mental Health is taking place this evening at the Best Western Inn on the Bay in Owen Sound.

It is being hosted by WES for Youth Online.

Spokesperson Janet Wright says four guest speakers will be sharing their personal mental health journeys with topics including: depression, addiction, anxiety, sexual orientation and sexual abuse.

Guest speakers include: Ben Fanelli, Brett MacLean, Matt McCoy and Brock McGillis.

Wright says while three of these guest speakers are professional athletes, their stories will still resonate with all.

Through their personal story telling, Wright says the guest speakers hope to help others who may be struggling with their own mental health issues.

By sharing their stories, Wright says the speakers will also share the positive insights they’ve learned along the way in the hopes of inspiring, strengthening and providing support for those fighting their own mental health battles.

Wright says the Open Mic Night for Mental Health is all about breaking down the barriers of intolerance, bias, judgment and difference in order to help remove the stigma of mental health.

The ultimate goal is to let people with mental health struggles know they are not alone, there is hope and there is help.

In Canada, she says it is estimated that 1.2 million youth are affected by a mental illness, yet only 20 percent of those youth are able to access help.

WES For Youth Online promotes wellness and emotional support to youth and also provides online resources where youth can access free counseling in a safe, secure and confidential manner.

But you don’t have to be a youth to attend this evening’s Open Mic, it is openned to everyone.

She encourage all those interested to come out for a thought provoking evening that will include some laughs, maybe a few tears and most importantly information on the resources, supports and help that is available.

Tickets are 5 dollars and can be purchased at the door, doors open at 6:30 pm and the Open Mic Night begins at 7 pm.

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