Walking to defeat depression

Published on June 12, 2014

TRURO – The third annual Defeat Depression Walk is being held in Truro this Sunday.

Beginning at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, the 3.5 km walk is part of the national Defeat Depression campaign. The Colchester East Hants branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, along with Mental Health and Addiction Services, is hosting the walk.

It’s estimated that one in five people will suffer a mental illness in their lifetimes, and often that mental illness is filled with stigma, guilt and shame.

“We want to change that by sharing our stories, enjoying some physical exercise and coming together as a community,” said Elaine Campbell, the event organizer for Truro’s walk.

With the event planned on Father’s Day, the focus for this year is on Men’s Mental Health. This year’s event goal is $5,000 in support of the local community’s mental health programs.

While the walk begins at 2 p.m., the event site will be open at 1 p.m. The John Simms Band will provide entertainment. Simms has written a song – Wish You Were Here With Me – to be released as part of the national campaign. It will be released during the Truro event.

For more information or to register, visit http://mdsc.akaraisin.com/Common/Event/Home.aspx?seid=8554&mid=8. Donations can also be made online, with those of $25 or more being eligible for a tax receipt.