A group of determined local personalities, the LloydMall and the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation are taking the challenge in support of mental health in the Border City.
The campaign is trying to raise $5,000 or more for Project Sunrise’s mental health awareness and supports. For every tier of donations met, local politicians, media hosts and influential people will engage in challenges like makeovers, eating contests or “for a day” style events. Residents will then be able to watch the videos online on the LRHF and LloydMall’s social media pages.
Shannon McEwen with Triovest Realty Advisors and LloydMall says they’re very mindful of what kind of work their business can do to support the community, and mental health is a part of that.
“More than ever, mental health is just extremely important, and we’re seeing that in partnering with the Health Foundation. We’re able to show the community the different health resources that are available.”
People can donate by stopping by LloydMall during admin hours, or by visiting the LRHF website. From there, the funding will be used for several initiatives regarding mental health, whether that be their online navigation portal and resources or their in-person support and education services.
Another factor of this team up the ongoing health and wellness seminars, of which some have been about mental health awareness, coping tools and next steps when a person or someone that person cares about needs mental health supports.
LRHF Development Manager Stephanie Brown-Munro says these seminars provide an accessible resource that leaves people coming away with more knowledge of health than before, and they have been filling up completely each time.
“Even if it’s just one takeaway, and if we’re helping one person at every session, then I think that’s a win because without being able to hold these seminars, people don’t necessarily have access to the resources in our community.
The challenges are being put on with the support of businesses like Richardson’s Jewelry, Joe & Kate, Safeway, Threading Vibes, La Vie En Rose, New York Fries and Chatters Salon.