On March 20, the Bal des lumières event in support of mental health was held at the Bell Centre.

With more than 800 guests, including Premier Pauline Marois, the evening helped raise more than $1.1 million for three Québec mental health organizations: the Douglas Institute Foundation, the Mental Illness Foundation, and the Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine Foundation, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal.

Québec's largest ever fundraising initiative in support of mental health

The primary objective of the event was to raise money to help the three foundations pursue their mission of supporting mental health, but it was also a chance to educate guests about the issues surrounding the cause.

Lynne McVey, Executive Director of the Douglas, and Denise Fortin, Executive Director of the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal affirmed that "The proceeds will go toward providing high-quality treatment and services, and financing research and teaching so we may better understand, prevent and treat mental health problems. The money invested will also permit us to carry on with our anti-stigma efforts."

Co-hosted by Normand Brathwaite and Anne-Marie Withenshaw, it was an evening full of excitement and flavour, and guests were delighted by the gourmet dinner as well as the many unique and breathtaking performances, including by Marc Hervieux.

The debut of this initiative is an extraordinary source of encouragement and motivation for all those who work relentlessly to improve the day-to-day lives of individuals with mental health issues and their loved ones.

The Douglas Foundation wishes to thank all sponsors, guests and donors and volunteers for helping bring mental health out of the shadows and into the light.