On Saturday, a good sized group of people walked from Riverside Park to the Drumheller Health Centre to focus on an issue that affects many in our community.
The Walk for Mental Health Awareness was held with just over 30 people attending. Kids on bikes, young and old, took the time to raise awareness of mental health issues in the Drumheller Valley.
According to Wanida McHugh, the walk is important to put mental health at the forefront. "(The walk) is just for awareness. It's for people that have lost loved ones to suicide, people that suffer with PTSD or anxiety, or depression. We just want to make more awareness of it.
The walkers walked along the path from the playground at Riverside Park to the Hospital, where the Drumheller Mental Health office is, and back. When they returned, there was coffee, hot dogs, and doughnuts for the participants.
McHugh was impressed with the numbers for their first walk. "I'm really happy with the 30 people that came. It just shows that the awareness is in the community, we just need to get it out there more."
McHugh also notes that there is more community support available for those who suffer with their mental health. "We also have a group page that we do where people can come in and have supports on there, tell us their stories, stuff like that. It has gotten quite big." You can find the support page by clicking this link.
McHugh thanks everyone who attended this year and is looking forward to next year's walk.