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Our Waffles in the Warehouse speakers will help us gain a greater appreciation of the mental health issues in our community, ways our food assistance network helps to address them and how we can all work together to move our community forward.
Martin will reflect on his experience bicycling from Vancouver to St. John's, June 7 to August 29, to raise awareness of mental health issues and funds for the Defeat Depression campaign.
"Like many, I've felt the impact of mental illness close to home. I've seen so many people dear to me suffer in silence -- from family, to mentors, to my closest friends. I've felt the loss of suicide in my family. I've also seen tremendous strength in friends and family opening up and sharing their journeys - strength which inspires my own journey over the next few months."
The police see mental health affecting all ages, from youth to young adults to elders. Chief Larkin will reflect on what police are seeing in our community and how the work of programs and services of the food assistance network are helping.
"The landscape is changing, but I think the bonus we have in Waterloo Region is we're renowned for really mobilizing communities and working with our community partners."
Joe will illustrate the impact of delivering programs where people are rather than expecting them to come to the program.
"The Psychiatric Outreach Project, rooted at St. John's Kitchen, is a creative, cost efficient, and integrated approach that meets the most vulnerable where they spend their time. This project demonstrates that deinstitutionalization must be complemented with effective community-based services accessible to those dealing with the fog of mental illness."