May 17

2022

The Mind on Health Challenge, 2022 edition

This year, the Mind on Health Challenge has a fundraising objective of $85,000 to support research and care at the Douglas Institute, which is $35,000 more than last year.

Marie-Hélène Thibeault, who is the founder and ambassador of the event, believes that it is now essential to act in the face of what many call the “second pandemic”, that is to say the marked resurgence of the need for mental health resources in Quebec and Canada. She brings up some rather concerning recent statistics:

  • 35% of salaried people in Canada say they are burnt out.
  • One in five workers feels in crisis or is worried about their ability to cope with the situation.
  • At least 30% of short-term and long-term disability claims in the country are attributable to mental illnesses or mental health-related issues.

Marie-Hélène, who firmly defends the benefits of physical activity on mental health, believes that the Mind on Health Challenge is a perfect opportunity for families, individuals and businesses to talk openly and proactively about mental health and create opportunities for empathetic dialogues to break taboos, while raising funds to support research at the Douglas.

Therefore, inspired by the theme of “reaching your peak for mental health”, the sports challenge invites donors to register individually or form a team to take up a challenge of their choice during the Thanksgiving weekend, including the possibility of climbing a summit of a ski resort.

So far, eight mountains have confirmed their participation in the initiative, namely Mont-Orford, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham, Owl’s Head, Vallée Bleue, Mont Adstock, Baie des Sables, Mont Sutton, Bromont, Mont Rigaud, Centre de plein air de Lévis, Massif du Sud, Mont Avalanche, Mont Blanc, Mont Habitant, and Mont La Tuque.

To register for the Mental Health Challenge and build hope for mental health, click here.