Did you know October is Mental Health Awareness Month? It’s a disease that affects a lot more people than most would think. Christine Cooper, Executive Director of the Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME), has launched an evening of food, fun, and fundraising to support this cause. On October 1st, her supper series, called Simply Divas, will kick off this month in hopes of raising money and awareness for the people affected by mental illness.
In any given year, one-in-five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or know someone they love who suffers from it. More often than not, mental illness caregivers and loved ones are overlooked in terms of needing support themselves, and FAME was founded for and by families to reduce the stress of coping with mental illness by strengthening and supporting family members in their role as caregivers.
“FAME is passionate about making mental health matter among Canadians and providing meaningful, practical support to loved ones impacted by mental health,” said Christine Cooper. “With the incidence of mental health continuing to rise in Canada, more needs to be done to reinforce strengths and facilitate healthy involvement in the recovery process of loved ones,” she said.
An avid foodie, Cooper is taking matters into her own hands by hosting a Simply Divas Supper Series at Böehmer Restaurant on Ossington Avenue. The event will not only offer guests Chef Boehmer’s phenomenal fare, it will also be a night to remember with live performances by Jennifer Walls (NOW’s Artist to Watch) and Leah Canali, as well as an exclusive silent auction and fabulous swag bags.
Tickets are $125 (+tax) and include dinner prepared by Chef Paul Böehmer and a take-home swag bag valued at $50 (donors include Sable & Rosenfeld, Neal Brothers, Neo-Image, MAC, Cakestar, and more).
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