Grove Wellington Guelph, CMHA launch campaign ahead of municipal election

WELLINGTON COUNTY – The Grove Wellington Guelph and the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW) are launching a #GetReal campaign, dedicated to demanding action from candidates and community representatives to ensure mental health and wellness are a priority in the upcoming municipal election.

The campaign encourages voters to leverage their vote to ensure mental health and wellness are on the municipal ballot, demanding action on the current mental health crisis in the community.

“Now is the time for us all to take action. Support from our community and our elected officials makes a huge difference in how we collectively address the current mental health crisis,” said Grove executive director Cyndy Moffat Forsyth.

“This municipal election is a chance to have your voice heard and demand that mental health become a priority in our community. It will take us all working together to ensure our community is well.”

The Grove Wellington Guelph and CMHA WW estimate four of five youth are struggling with mental health or substance use in the area.

“There is definitely a lack of mental health resources for children, youth and families in our community, and it is essential to have support from our elected officials to ensure there is real action,” said CMHA WW CEO Helen Fishburn.

“Without elected leaders advocating for more funding and resources, we won’t be able to provide the vital programs and services our community needs.”

The organizations are asking voters to visit the #GetReal website and submit a letter of support, and to demand change and action from elected officials on the current mental health crisis.

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