$225,000 to Support Women’s Mental Health
Seven years of solidarity for women in our community
On July 11, 2021, the 7th edition of the Montreal Run for Women in support of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation came to an end, after a week of walking, running and coming together to support women in our community who are struggling with mental health issues.
From July 4 to 11, 1,279 participants walked and ran all over the island of Montreal, as well as mountains and trails off the island due to the fact that the event was once again virtual, proudly wearing this year’s blue t-shirt. Together, we raised $225,702 to support the cause.
After more than a year of the pandemic, mental health discussions have finally found their way into conversations among friends, as well as in the media. Unfortunately, more women than ever are also suffering from issues such as depression and perinatal anxiety.
While nearly one in five women suffered from these conditions prior to COVID-19, experts suggest that the number of women suffering from these conditions is now twice as high, confirming the importance of increased funding for mental health care.
Major Support For the Cause
Since 2015, more than $1 million has been donated through the Pharmaprix LOVE YOU Run for Women to support the MUHC Mental Health Mission through the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.
By supporting women, the event supports families more broadly, as well as our entire community. It also highlights different mental health issues and encourages open discussion to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
Use Of Run for Women Funds Raised in 2021
Funds raised from the Montreal edition of the Pharmaprix Run/Walk for Women 2021 will be used for the prevention and early detection of mental health disorders during pregnancy and after childbirth.
- Testing new screening strategies to predict treatment-resistant perinatal mental health disorders through genetic screening for hormone sensitivity during pregnancy and smartphone screening for high levels of psychological distress.
- Using online psychoeducation strategies to prevent maternal and paternal perinatal depression and anxiety
- By creating an evidence-based platform to estimate the costs of perinatal mental health disorders to Quebec society and to evaluate the impact of public health funding on perinatal mental health care in our province.
Your support will also enable us to provide care and information to women with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and their families.
BPD is a serious mental disorder that can have a devastating impact on the lives of those affected and their families. Your support enables the clinic to:
- Hold support groups for mothers with BPD, free public lectures for patients and family members, and academic lectures for clinicians in our community.
- Hire a social worker and psychologist to help women improve their overall well-being, engage in leisure activities and better navigate available resources and services.
- Train and supervise more interns to increase clinic capacity and decrease the waiting list.