It’s May 1 as I write this. And that means that the Ottawa Marathon is less than four weeks away! This is when the marathoner looks forward to the “taper” process, wherein we rest up before the big day (although why we look forward to tapering, I don’t know – marathoners get a bit antsy when we can’t run – and it drives those around us crazy).
For me, it’s also time to put in a final appeal to drum up support for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, the cause for which I’ll run the Ottawa Marathon on May 28.
Why support the Royal? We live, sadly, in an age of “alternative facts.” So to buck the trend, here are some REAL facts, provided to me by the Royal:
- 1 in 3 Canadians will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime.
- The physical, emotional and economic burden of mental illness and addictions amounts to more than 1.5 times that of all cancers, and more than 7 times that of all infectious diseases.
- 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence. The earlier an issue is treated, the higher the chance of recovery.
- In any given week, at least 500,000 Canadians are unable to work because of mental health problems.
- The cost to the Ontario economy of mental illness and addictions is $51 billion, each year. That’s BILLION, people.
Supporting the Royal addresses three important facets of addressing mental illness and addiction:
- The Royal funds critical research that transforms the understanding and treatment of mental health issues.
- It applies this research and understanding to clinical service, thereby helping those suffering from these issues (anxiety, depression, addiction, sleep issues, schizophrenia, etc.) to get better, more quickly.
- It performs a critical advocacy role, educating and informing the public about mental illness issues, toward the goal of ultimately banishing the related stigma.
Could you help the Royal out? Every dollar matters, and your support is greatly appreciated. To sponsor my marathon and support the Royal, click here.
Thank you for your time and support, as always!