Written By: Monday, May 14th 2018

Pictured above from left are: Claude Anderson, CMHA Executive Director; Teresa Pearson, Program Manager, Social Recreation and Leisure, Garden Program; Joachim Ostertag, Men’s Program; April Johnson, Fundraising and Event Co-ordinator, and Chris Mercanti, Bruce Power.

Members of the community came through in a huge way for local mental health initiatives during the third annual Break the Silence social
media campaign.

By sharing the hashtag #BreakTheSilence thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook, people from across Canada showed their support for people who live with mental health issues by starting the conversation with their friends and family.

Supporters included:

 The Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy, (Sudbury)
 The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, (Ottawa West—Nepean)
 Bill Walker (Bruce – Grey – Owen Sound)
 Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce)  Caroline Mulroney (York-Simcoe)
 The Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr
 Ben Lobb, MP (Huron Bruce)
 John Oliver, MP (Oakville)
 Kim Rudd, MP (Northumberland-Peterborough South)

In turn, Bruce Power donated $76,000 to local mental health initiatives that will support community members who live with mental illnesses.

The recipients include:

 $40,000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Grey Bruce branch for its Friends and Neighbours Club, Men’s Group, Ride Don’t Hide event and other community programs.

 $25,000 to the Westover Treatment Centre’s Recovery Support Program, which helps people overcome addiction and other issues.

 $11,000 to the We CARE Share event

“Once again, it is our hope that people will break the silence about mental illness every day,” said Cathy Sprague, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice President, Human Resources.

“Our social media campaign is just one day, but we really hope people begin to open up about mental illness each and every day.”

The social media awareness campaign saw an estimated 3,621 tweets sent with the #BreakTheSilence hashtag, 7,679 likes and shares on the Break the Silence video on Bruce Power’s Facebook page and 1,379 views and likes on the Break the Silence video on Bruce Power’s Instagram account.