The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women raised $225,000 in support of women’s mental health!

09/06/2018 10:43:05 AM

On June 9, 2018, more than 1,500 runners participated this morning in the SHOPPERS LOVE.YOU. Run for Women Toronto – a record for the Toronto event – raising more than $225,000 for Canada’s largest women’s mental health program at Women’s College Hospital.

“We are incredibly grateful to Shoppers Drug Mart, today’s runners, customers of Shoppers and friends who have come together to support a very important program,” says Mary Dodd, Interim president and CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation. This is the sixth year for the Run, benefitting Women’s College Hospital.

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time in their lives through a family member, friend or colleague. One in eight women, however, will develop depression at some point in their lives which is twice as likely as men. They are also three times more likely to experience barriers to accessing mental health care.

Women’s College Hospital’s Women’s Mental Health Program is Canada’s largest clinical and research program of its kind with a special focus on the unique needs of women when it comes to mental health. Specialty focus areas include trauma and abuse, reproductive life stages (including post-partum depression), medical psychiatry and refugee mental health. To work towards closing gaps to access, Women’s College Hospital is developing innovative virtual care initiatives in order to help break down barriers to mental health services for women, allowing them to access care from home, in addition to in-person care.

About Women’s College Hospital

For more than 100 years Women’s College Hospital (WCH) has been developing revolutionary advances in healthcare. Today, WCH is a world leader in the health of women and Canada’s leading, academic ambulatory hospital. A champion of health equity, WCH advocates for the health of all women from diverse cultures and backgrounds and ensures their needs are reflected in the care they receive. It focuses on delivering innovative solutions that address Canada’s most pressing issues related to population health, patient experience and system costs.