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Local landmarks go green for Mental Health Week

April 7, 2016

Hamilton radio station, partners encourage others to get involved

(Hamilton, April 7, 2016) – Hamilton radio station AM900 CHML, in conjunction with several community partners, is leading a charge to have more than 25 landmarks in its listening area lit green for Mental Health Week.

AM900 CHML is teaming up with the Burlington Community Foundation (BCF) and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) branches in Hamilton and Halton to encourage even more businesses, organizations and individuals across Ontario to get behind the green movement.

“During Mental Health Week, people from all walks of life can learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health,” said Ted Michaels, AM900 CHML on-air personality and host of the award-winning series, Wellness Wednesdays. “We hope that illuminating some of the most iconic buildings in the region encourages public discussion and helps to eliminate stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues.”

CMHA’s 65th annual Mental Health Week runs from May 2 to 8. A theme this year is “Get Loud.” It’s time to Get Loud and speak openly and honestly about mental health and the importance that positive mental health plays in our lives.

Members of the public are invited to take pictures of or selfies with illuminated landmarks or dress in green – the colour for mental health –  and post pictures or messages to social media using #GETLOUD.

If you, your business or organization would like to illuminate your building, let the partners in this project know. Visit www.greenformentalhealth.ca for more information and an ongoing list of illuminated buildings.

The following locations will be lit green for the week and others should get involved, too:

Hamilton

  1. Hamilton City Hall
  2. Liuna Station
  3. First Ontario Centre/Hamilton Place
  4. McMaster University
  5. Hamilton Police Service (all Divisions)
  6. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus
  7. Aboriginal Health Centre in Hamilton and Halton
  8. Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King
  9. St. Patrick’s Church
  10. Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre
  11. De dwa da dehs nye s Aboriginal Health Centre – Hamilton & Brantford
  12. ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  13. Best Western C-Hotel
  14. Fox 40 International
  15. AM900 CHML
  16. CMHA Hamilton branch

Burlington and Halton

  1. Burlington City Hall
  2. Halton Regional Police Service (all Divisions)
  3. Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington
  4. The Brant Street Pier in Burlington
  5. ROCK – Reach Out Centre for Kids (all locations)
  6. Cogeco Connexion in Burlington
  7. Strata Condominium (tallest building in Burlington), 551 Maple Ave
  8. Support and Housing Halton in Oakville
  9. CMHA Halton Region Branch in Oakville
  10. Office of Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon

“At BCF we encourage our communities to ‘Get Loud’ about mental health issues,” said Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO, Burlington Community Foundation. “We are committed to keeping the conversation going about mental health to reduce stigma and open doors to solutions that improve the health of our community.”

“We’re pleased to support Ted and encourage the community to ‘Get Loud’ for mental health. Speaking up is a key step to stopping the discrimination and stigma that can sometimes be associated with mental illness,” said Marilyn Jewell, CEO, CMHA Hamilton.

“Positive overall health and recovery from mental health and/or addiction concerns are key to wellness, well-being, and quality of life. Mental Health Week is an opportunity for everyone to think about what they can do to thrive, enjoy good mental health, and create healthy families, workplaces, and communities,” said Radhika Subramanyan, CEO, CMHA Halton.

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For more information or to request an interview:

Ted Michaels
On-air personality and host, Wellness Wednesdays
AM 900 CHML
905-521-2700
tmichaels@900chml.com

Dave Bennett
Xposure PR (for Burlington Community Foundation)
905-339-6668
dave@xposurepr.com

Jill Dennison
Mental Health Promotion and Resilience Facilitator
CMHA Hamilton
905-521-0090, ext. 262
jdennison@cmhahamilton.ca

Melanie McGregor
Specialist, Communications and Advancement
CMHA Halton Region Branch
mmcgregor@cmhahrb.ca
289-291-5395

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