Positive talk about mental health merits $1000 scholarship offer
SUMMERSIDE – Making a difference in the way Canadians talk about mental illness starts with youth, and the Boys & Girls Club of Summerside organized “Our BIG Morning” to provide the opportunity.
© Michael Nesbitt / Journal Pioneer
Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes revealed her personal struggle with mental, as a youth, during a visit to the Boys & Girls Club of Summerside. Holding a speed-skating bronze medal, she told the youth participating in "Our BIG Morning" that the medal today signifies more about the the challenges of maintaining mental health than the athletic achievement it originally represented.
Olympian Clara Hughes is bringing the message to Canadians, by cycling nearly 12,000 km around the country. “Clara’s BIG Ride” arrived at the Boys & Girls Club of Summerside Saturday morning, along with the Bell Let’s Talk team that is helping sponsor the initiative.
Hughes has been promoting healthy talk about mental health for several years, and the Boys and Girls Club has committed to keeping the conversation going.
“Our BIG Morning” for youth started with a pancake breakfast at the RCAF Wing 200 centre on North Market Street. From 10 -11 a.m. the Boys & Girls Club of Summerside hosted an opportunity for youth to “Join the Conversation” with Hughes, a local teen that has been helped by the available mental health services, and the Bell Let’s Talk team.
The goal is to promote a positive attitude towards mental health, for lifelong benefit.
About 25 teens attended the breakfast and the presentation, making them eligible for door prize draws. Students in grades 10-12 who attended are now eligible for a process that will award one post-secondary education scholarship of $1000 after the deadline date of June 2.
Hughes, and several support staff plus local riders, made a symbolic loop around the neighbourhood on bicycle, before heading to Route 2 towards Charlottetown for their next community stop.