Posted On December 6, 2014
As the holiday season approaches and many are planning on time with their loved ones for dinners and presents they will give and receive, there are others that dread the season and the pain they will experience due to depression and mental illness. Like one in four people in Canada, Smitty's employees have also been affected by mental illness and suicide. The employees of the Kitchener store decided this year to try to make a difference and opted out of having a company Christmas party and donated the funds to Suicide Prevention through Grand River Hospital's Mental Health and Addictions program.
Smitty's Kitchener store donated $1000 to the prevention of suicide. The funds will help support and distribute suicide prevention books along with other resources to assist those in need. The Grand River Hospital foundation is working hard to support the reduction of almost 1,000 suicides that happen every year in Ontario. With community help the Grand River Foundation is able to support many initiatives at the hospital directed at preventing suicides and supporting individuals on their recovery journey. While there have been many successes, reducing the suicide rate even farther is the main goal.
Grand River Hospital has a wonderful out patient program with resources and assistance for those in need as well as for families who are affected by mental illness. More information can be found at the Grand River Hospital website www.grandriverhospital.on.ca or for urgent assistance you can access the Emergency Department or call Our Community Here 24/7 number at 1 844 437 3247.
Smittys Kitchener Staff Presenting Check to Marion Mills, Mental Health & Addictions, Grand River Hospital
(Left to Right) Marion Mills, Angela Ostner, Bob Scott, Lynn Craig, Lauri Shaw, Donna Billett, Claudia MacKenzie, Kat Baldwin