Join Flora’s Walk

CPMHC’s 2nd Annual Flora’s Walk Fundraiser for Perinatal Mental Health is currently underway. The walk is named after Flora Babakhani, a Canadian mom who tragically lost her life to undetected and untreated postpartum psychosis on January 14th, 2022.

Though we have begun to make progress and have captured the attention and garnered a promise from the Prime Minister himself, there’s still so much work to do — and we need your help.

In continuing our work to ensure we get a national strategy and timely access to perinatal mental health services, in Flora’s honour, we are proceeding with the 2nd Annual Flora’s Walk for Perinatal Mental Health fundraiser and have set a goal to raise $150,000 – double the amount we raised last year – by World Maternal Mental Health Day, May 3rd, 2023.

Read more about Flora’s Story here.

1) DONATE right now at floraswalk.ca

2) Sign up to be a WALK LEADER and easily create your own fundraising page to share with friends and family. Plan a walk in your city for World Maternal Mental Health Day (May 3rd, 2023) or anytime during World Maternal Mental Health Week (April 29th – May 7th). DOWNLOAD the Info Package and Sponsor Letter below and get started! Questions? Email them to canpmhc@gmail.com

BONUS: Walk Leaders that sign up by February 15th and lead a walk in their city during World Maternal Mental Health Week (April 29th – May 7th) will be awarded with enrolment in the 32-hour Online Certified Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Certificate Program with the option to obtain a Canadian Certified – Perinatal Mental Health Certificate (CC-PMH) through https://www.canadianperinatalmentalhealthtrainings.com. The value of this training is $2856 per person! As official CPMHC Walk Leaders, we want to thank you for your volunteerism, passion and commitment to the cause!

3) Sign up as an INDIVIDUAL and easily create your own fundraising page to share with friends and family. Set a distance goal of how far you plan to walk from now until World Maternal Mental Health Day (May 3rd) and ask friends and family to donate as you complete your journey. DOWNLOAD the Info Package below and get started! Questions? Email them to canpmhc@gmail.com

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Strengthening the Community: 25% of the funds raised will go into our new ‘Community Pot.’ We heard from many community-based groups/organizations that do not have non-profit/charity status, about the struggles they have to create and sustain programming that is free or low cost. They have the passion and knowledge and want to provide a place for their clients to land. That is why this year, will be opening up an application process for community-based organizations to apply for funding to support new and/or established initiatives.

Strengthening Knowledge: Part of our Community Pot will also go towards continuing to provide specialized perinatal mental health training for our Walk Leaders. Last year, we raised approximately $14,000 with the goal of providing high quality training for health care professionals. Thanks to those funds, CPMHC has partnered with CPMHT (Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings) to provide 2022 & 2023 Walk Leaders with the online Perinatal Mental Health Certificate Program (32-hours)(www.canadianperinatalmentalhealthtrainings.com). Once Walk Leaders complete the workshops, they have the option to obtain a Canadian Certified – Perinatal Mental Health Certificate (CC-PMH). This requires three hours of clinical consultation with selected faculty members. This would be included in the training. More details to come!

Strengthening Advocacy: This year, 75% of the funds raised will go towards CPMHC’s Strategic Plan activities that prioritize the development of nationwide provincial/territorial CPMHC Advocacy Chapters. With the government currently working with CPMHC to prioritize perinatal mental health, we need to take advantage and advocate from the ground up and the top down = stronger impact.

SPONSORSHIP: If you’re a business leader looking to sponsor our walk, please contact us at canpmhc@gmail.com

Ready to Sign up? Download the Info Package here: (see Sponsor Letter below)