Waterloo – Lutherwood’s Annual Steps for Kids raised a record $110,000 to support children with mental health issues in our community. More than 650 people walked, jogged and ran the three or five kilometer routes on a beautiful, warm Sunday morning.
“It was absolutely amazing to be surrounded by so many friends from our community,” reflected Donna Buchan, Executive Director of the Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation. “So many people volunteered, fundraised and came to join the conversation on mental health and how to beat the stigma that makes many children suffer in silence. The funds raised this weekend will provide additional therapies, activities and supports that are not covered by traditional funding. A special thanks to RBC for being our event sponsor and fielding a large team of participants.”
Children’s Mental Health Week continues with the following events:
Child and Youth Community Mental Health Service Expo
Monday May 4, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Kitchener City Hall Rotunda
200 King St. W, Kitchener ON
Shh...It's Mental Health Speakers' Series
Building Resilience in Your Child - Teaching Them Tools for Life
Monday May 4, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Camino, 400 Queen St, Kitchener
Teen Suicide and Self-Harming Behaviour
Tuesday May 5, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Lutherwood, at Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen St. North, Kitchener
Supporting Gender Variant and Trans Children and Youth
Wednesday May 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
KW Counselling, 480 Charles Street East, Kitchener
Mental Health 101
Thursday May 7, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Langs, 1145 Concession Road, Cambridge
No registration required and all events are free.
"I am in awe of the courage it takes for someone with a mental illness to get out of bed and just try again; even when life feels impossible. Mental illness is isolating. I want to thank Lutherwood for being there and helping my daughter. I am so grateful, and so proud to be her mom."