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MINDSTRONG raises an impressive $2.6 million for mental health

Montreal – May 6, 2019 – This past Sunday, May 5th, the fifth edition of the MINDSTRONG event benefiting the psychiatry department of the Jewish General Hospital raised over $2.6 million dollars. The money raised will help with the ongoing renovations in the Psychiatry in-patient unit and will help maintain and enhance mental health programs. The event, organized by the Jewish General Hospital Foundation and the Auxiliary gathered more than 350 dedicated participants at the Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire.

"1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem in any given year. This event is, first and foremost, one of encouragement and inspiration for those living with mental health issues. Over the past four years, MINDSTRONG has raised $4.5 million for much needed funds, but also raised awareness and reduced stigma surrounding mental health problems. It is an example of how we can come together as a community to improve the lives of people who are suffering. ” said Dr. Karl Looper, Chief of Psychiatry at the JGH.

The organizers of MINDSTRONG thank all of the generous benefactors, participants, and volunteers who made this incredible fundraising event possible. The donations, sponsorships and participant pledges as well as the silent auction combined raised an impressive $2.6 million, which is one million over the set objective. Among participants engaged in this full day of fitness were 18 JGH nurses, 45 staff from the Psychiatry department and 13 administrative staff from the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.

"I am proud to be a part of this campaign as I believe it shares an important message,” said Justin Lessard-Wajcer, MINDSTRONG Co-chair. "We were successful in communicating the strong connection between physical exercise and mental health which is something everyone needs to be aware of. It is such a simple change to make but it can have an incredible impact on your wellbeing.” 

"As someone who received treatment at the Jewish General Hospital, I am extremely touched to see that more than 350 people gathered to support the department of psychiatry," said Elizabeth Wiener, MINDSTRONG Co-chair. "MINDSTRONG matters to all of those struggling with mental illness; it shows them that people care". 

The event was co-hosted by Adam Greenberg, from Virgin Radio and Livia Martin, comedian and daughter of Maxim Martin. Jonathan Goulet, former UFC fighter, Denis Coderre, JGH ambassador and former Montreal mayor, tennis player Aleksandra Wozniak and Virgin Radio host Lee Haberkorn were also there to support the cause.

For more information on MINDSTRONG, the JGH Psychiatric resources or to make a donation in support of mental health at the JGH, please visit www.jghmindstrong.com.