Spring 2022: Shop Profits Will Benefit Young Adults Who Are Seeking Mental Health Support

During the last quarter, I decided to donate 30% of all sales to help 

marginalized populations of women who have survived violence. With your support, I was able to donate $80 to the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.

Now, from April to June, I will be donating my shop profits to Stella's Place to support their free mental health services to young adults ages 16 to 29. They offer an array of programs, including peer support, clinical services, employment support, wellness, art, and recovery programs. The goal is to help young adults learn skills, build community and be empowered to manage their own mental health.

According to CAMH, up to 70 per cent of mental health challenges begin during childhood or teenage years and between 15 and 25 per cent of Canadian youth experience at least one mental health challenge or illness before they turn 19. This may affect a person’s responses to challenges later in life. As much as we all strive to end the stigma, we need to continue to make it transparent that there is no shame in reaching out for help when you need it. Especially for someone in their youth when their brain's aren't fully develop yet. All of Stella's Place's are services are free of charge, with many drop-in services that can be accessed day of. In addition, young adults can get guidance and coaching from those who have been there.

Every initiative I support holds a place in my heart but this one holds a very special place in my heart because I struggle with mental illness. I wish I known about these services at the start of my diagnosis of clinical depression, social anxiety, mild OCD and panic disorder. I know first hand how important these types of services are. So with every purchase from my shop, I will be donating 30% of the proceeds to Stella's Place to support their continuation to providing these services for young adults who are struggling with their mental health. Or please consider donating directly to them to help support their cause.

Let’s continue to end the stigma of mental health and mental illness! Yes, there are two different things, both COMPLETELY valid.

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