Apple Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church pledges $5000 Donation for Youth Mental Health Services to Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation.
MARKHAM, ON, Oct. 24, 2016 – Apple Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church has pledged $5000 to support youth mental health services in Markham. On Sunday, June 5, 2016 Apple Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church organized the annual walkathon in support of mental health. However, this is the first year that the church decided to pledge 100% of the proceeds raised to support programs and services directly backing youth mental health. Warm and complimentary greetings were conveyed by Regional Councillor, Nirmala Armstrong, who devotedly remained at the Health Expo from start to finish.
The Apple Creek Seventh-day Adventist Community Church, in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, held the fourth annual Markham Health and Wellness Expo on October 16, 2016. Youth mental health was highlighted as a priority and the theme for this year’s expo. The goal was to engage and serve the community in partnership with local health, emergency and safety services with an aim to improve quality of life by promoting mental, physical, spiritual health and wellness. The event kicked off at 11:00 a.m. at The Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham, with pre-recorded opening remarks from Markham’s mayor, Frank Scarpitti, who touched on the importance of public engagement events that address prevalent population demographic topics such as youth suicidality and mental illness.
Nearly 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year – an average of almost 11 suicides a day. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds. More than 75% of suicides involve men, but women attempt suicide 3 to 4 times more often. In 2012, suicide accounted for 17% of deaths among youth aged 10 to 14, 28% among youth aged 15 to 19, and 25% among young adults aged 20 to25. After accidents, it is the second leading cause of death for people aged 15 – 34 (Navaneelan, 2012;Stats Canada, 2015;CAMH Monitor eReport 2013).
Twenty health-promoting participants showcased education and teaching on relevant health, wellness, safety and social topics. La Petite Musicale provided the entertainment and had everyone swaying to their harmonious sounds and rhythmic beats. The local children enjoyed the complimentary face painting, popcorn, fresh fruit from our local farms and free giveaways and prizes throughout the day.
Introduced by Allan Ho, Ward 2 Councillor, City of Markham, Dr. Ian Dawe, MHSc, MD, FRCP(C) Program Chief and Medical Director, Mental Health, Trillium Health Partners presented the keynote message entitled Youth Mental Health and Suicidality. Interactive breakout sessions covered topics such as Concurrent Disorders in Transitional Aged Youth presented by Ontario Shores, coupled with Interactive discussions on Anxiety facilitated by Sharon McLeod.
Apple Creek Adventist Church’s Senior Pastor, Dr. Daviceto Swaby, was honoured to accept a commemorative plaque from Allan Bell, Director, Community Relations and Corporate Partnership for the donation to Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation. Planning will soon be underway for the 5th Annual Markham Health & Wellness Expo in 2017. You don’t want to miss it. Look out for SAVE THE DATE coming soon.