Judy Brunton believes her sister received incredible care as a teenager dealing with mental illness.
Now, the Aurora Woman wants to ensure that today’s youth also have access to superior mental health services.
“I’ve been a passionate youth mental health fundraiser for seven years and have raised $ 100,000 – and I’m not quitting anytime soon,” Brunton wrote in an email.
The money she raises goes to youth mental health through the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in York and South Simcoe.
Her goal is to raise $ 25,000 by June 13, the date of the Mental Health in Motion event, which will take place virtually this year.
Participants can still run, walk, ride, hop, skip, or roll five, 10, 20, or 100 km, or choose their own adventure.
To date, Brunton has raised nearly $ 11,000.
Her sister was diagnosed with bipolar depression in the early 1990s when she was around 14 years old.
She received “amazing care” in what is now known as the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in the field of adolescent psychiatry.
The Mental Health in Motion event raises funds to support adolescent mental health programs and services for young people ages 12-25 in the York area and South Simcoe.
“I want the youth in the area to get as much help as possible,” said Brunton.
The virtual kick-off event for Mental Health in Motion will take place on Sunday, June 13th at 9 a.m.
The event includes the chance to win prizes, create inspiring playlists, and personalize yours Upload your photos with #CMHAinMotion and more.
Registration is free.
Visit www.judybrunton.ca for more information on how you can help Brunton raise funds for the annual Mental Health in Motion (formerly Ride Don’t Hide) event.
You can find more information about the event at www.cmhainmotion.ca.