Over $75,000 Raised For First Annual Flora’s Walk For Perinatal Mental Health

Flora’s Walk for Perinatal Mental Health ends today. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated and donated! With your generous support, together we raised over $75,000!

Your donations will be helping 22 charities across Canada deliver timely access to perinatal mental health services as well as provide scholarships for health care practitioners to enroll in specialized perinatal mental health care training.

And we are so pleased to be able to provide assistance through your generous donations to Mimi, Flora’s sister who has adopted Flora’s baby Amber and is now caring for Amber and her own newborn.

Baby Amber & her newborn cousin

When we leaned of Flora’s story in January, and Mimi’s desire to share it, we became determined to plan an event in her honour and bring more awareness to postpartum psychosis and perinatal mental illness. We decided on a walk where anyone could participate coast to coast to coast and not only raise awareness but also much needed funds to do what we are asking government to do which is provide timely access to perinatal mental health services. They have promised to do just that thanks to all our collective advocacy efforts and we are waiting in anticipation for an announcement on what that promise will entail and how we can help make it happen.

When you learned of Flora’s story, you didn’t hesitate to help us bring our message of the need for timely access to perinatal mental health services across Canada. Your passion and dedication enabled us to get the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and you can be sure we brought all of your collective passion and dedication right to his office the day we met with him, May 4th, on World Maternal Mental Health Day, following Flora’s Walk in Ottawa where Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health & Addictions, and MPs Pam Damoff, Heather McPherson, and Don Davies all spoke about their commitment to improving services.

In addition to her remarks at the event, Minister Bennett released a statement regarding Flora’s Walk which can be found on the Public Health Agency of Canada website.

“I again want to thank the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative for their ongoing work to bring awareness to maternal mental health and reduce the stigma around perinatal mental illness. Together, we can achieve our goal of improving perinatal mental health from coast to coast to coast.” – Minister Bennett

In his speech, MP Davies mentioned that he has served notice to the Health Committee that the NDP study he would like to move forward with is a study on women’s health and will call forward Patricia and Jaime and other women to tell their stories. He also spoke about his private member’s bill calling for a National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy which is currently before the House awaiting second reading.

Following their meeting with the Prime Minister, CPMHC Co-Executive Directors, Patricia Tomasi and Jaime Charlebois were invited to attend Question Period to watch in person, the statement delivered by MP Damoff about Flora’s Walk and World Maternal Mental Health Day.

“On this World Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day, each of us can do more. We can talk about it. We can share stories like Flora’s and support perinatal mental health.” – MP Damoff

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 1295 people donated
  • 238 people signed up to fundraise
  • 47 teams were created
  • 20 group walk events took place in cities across Canada in May from Kugluktuk to Halifax 
  • $75,737.52 was the total raised
  • 50% will be given to 22 charities
  • 20% to scholarships for health care providers to take specialized perinatal mental health training
  • 20% to Mimi and baby Amber
  • 10% to cover admin costs

We plan on making Flora’s Walk an annual event to keep our message loud and clear:

PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS NOW MORE THAN EVER. IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN TIMELY ACCESS TO PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND ENACT A NATIONAL PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY.

Here are the charities you chose to help through Flora’s Walk:

  • Birthmark Toronto
  • Bridget’s Bunnies Barrie
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Yukon
  • Family Services of Central Alberta
  • First Steps, Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Perinatal Mental Health Program, New Brunswick
  • Health Start, Healthy Future, Life With a Baby, Toronto
  • Institutes for Advancements in Mental Health, Toronto
  • Women’s Health Concerns Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton
  • La Maison Bleue, Montreal
  • Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
  • Mothercraft, Ottawa
  • Ottawa Hospital Foundation
  • My Village Doula Collective, North Bay
  • Rose of Durham, Young Parent Support Division of Catholic Family Services Durham
  • Pacific Post Partum Support Society, Vancouver
  • Regina Perinatal Mental Health Network
  • Saskatoon Mothers Centre
  • Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Women’s Health Clinic, Winnipeg
  • YWCA, St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
  • CPMHC

Media Coverage

CTV Your Morning: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/new-mothers-hallucinations-and-paranoia-postpartum-psychosis-signs-symptoms-and-treatment-1.5919325

Global News Toronto: https://youtu.be/WLwyg67GRAY

Toronto Sun:https://torontosun.com/news/national/floras-walk-fundraiser-for-perinatal-mental-health

CityNews Vancouver:https://toronto.citynews.ca/2022/04/10/perinatal-mental-health-canada/

CBC Radio Ottawa: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-100-ottawa-morning/clip/15910275-floras-walk

Ottawa Citizen:https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/fundraiser-for-perinatal-mental-health-was-inspired-by-the-death-of-a-young-mother

The Hill Times Ottawa:https://www.hilltimes.com/2022/04/18/bennett-to-speak-at-fundraiser-floras-walk-on-world-maternal-health-day/355756

CityNews Ottawa Sam Laprade Show:https://ottawa.citynews.ca/all-audio/the-sam-laprade-show/hour-1-of-the-sam-laprade-show-for-april-27-2022-5305818

DayTime Ottawa:https://www.rogerstv.com/show?lid=12&rid=23&sid=68&gid=618662

Barrie Today:https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/floras-walk-will-bring-awareness-raise-money-for-perinatal-mental-health-care-5259580

Barrie Advance:https://www.thestar.com/local-barrie/life/2022/04/21/flora-s-walk-raising-money-for-perinatal-mental-health-in-barrie.html

Winnipeg Free Press:https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/floras-walk-fundraiser-calls-for-perinatal-mental-health-strategy-576455352.html

CBC News Winnipeg:https://www.cbc.ca/amp/1.6437629

Le Reflet, Candiac, QC:https://www.lereflet.qc.ca/une-candiacoise-veut-demystifier-lanxiete-et-la-depression-post-partum/

TVRS, QC:https://www.tvrs.ca/emissions/rs360/h22/episode-502/segment-2

CTV News Atlantic: https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/this-nova-scotia-mom-is-sharing-her-story-of-postpartum-depression-to-help-others-1.5889035

Yukon News: https://www.yukon-news.com/news/whitehorse-residents-walk-to-raise-awareness-for-perinatal-mental-health/

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