Montreal, May 26, 2016
- The Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation and the Mental Illness Foundation are pleased to team up with The Gourmet Races in their effort to raise money for mental health awareness. By participating to the half marathon vineyards on June 5 at Mount Yamaska in Saint- Paul d'Abbotsford, runners are encouraged to donate to the cause. The Gourmet Races will also make a donation to the three foundations for each entry. It’s a great way to support mental health and keep fit!


In the province of Quebec, one in five person will develop some form of mental illness during his or her life. Unfortunately, most of them do not seek the help they need, for lack of information or fear of being judged by those around them because of the taboos surrounding mental illness. Our three foundations have united to encourage the public to talk about mental health and end the stigma surrounding it. Visit us at our information booth! We will be on the site, and this throughout the day to answer your questions. This event is a step towards hope, in order to improve the lives of people with mental illness and those around them.

Be among the 2 000 runners attending this event and join the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation and the Mental Illness Foundation to break taboos. Several runs are offered in 1, 5, 10 and 21 KM in the roads circling the orchards and vineyards of Mount Yamaska. It’s a great activity for families, and participants will also benefit from various activities offered on the site and will, at the end of their run, sample the specialties of many artisans and local winemakers!


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The Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation helps the largest French-language psychiatric institution in Canada attain its objectives. The Foundation supports research, clinical care and education efforts to advance practices that benefit patients. The Foundation also funds rehabilitation and social reintegration activities to support individuals in their recovery.

The Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation’s mission is to support the Douglas Institute, a Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal facility. The world-class Douglas Institute is affiliated with McGill University and the World Health Organization. Its teams of specialists and researchers are continually increasing scientific knowledge, integrating this knowledge into patient care, and sharing it with the community in order to educate the public and eliminate prejudices surrounding mental health. The Douglas Institute treats people suffering from mental illness and offers them both hope and healing.

Founded in 1980, the Mental Illness Foundation promotes mental health, raises public awareness of the importance of preventing mental illness and helps alleviate the suffering of those affected. This mission is clearly reflected in its Partners for Life program, which aims to help young people, parents and secondary 3, 4 and 5 faculty understand mental illness and, more specifically, depression in teenagers. Every year, the Mental Illness Foundation supports 50,000 young people and adults, and its activities are entirely funded by public donations. The Foundation also has an online directory of resources with more than 1,000 mental health organizations.


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Line Bellavance                                                     
Communications Director                                   
Mental Illness Foundation                                     
514 529-5354, ext. 226