Stories of HopeRun for Women Raises $1 Million for Women's Mental HealthPosted on: May 28, 2019
According to the World Health Organization, one in three women are affected by mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, [i] a statistic that doubles that of men.[ii] In its sixth year, the Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for…
In its sixth year, the Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women has reached an incredible milestone of more than $1 million raised in support of mothers, daughters, sisters and friends throughout northern Alberta who rely on mental health supports provided at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.
Programs such as The Hope Digital Platform—a comprehensive online system that provides mental health screening, referral and treatment options for pregnant women in Alberta and research looking at the link between menopause and depression are just two of the initiatives made possible thanks to proceeds from the run.
"The million dollars raised over the past six years through the Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women has provided funding for life-changing programs and research happening now at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women," said Sharlene Rutherford, Vice President and COO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.
"Our foundation would like to thank Shoppers Drug Mart for their leadership, their passion and their support. Thanks to the run thousands of women across Alberta have received the mental health care they need through The Hope Digital Platform e-therapy tool and there is research being conducted looking at the link between menopause and depression that will ensure the best care and treatment options are available in the future."
The Lois Hole Hospital for Women is grateful to partner with Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women. As Canada's first and only women's and girls' running race of this kind, Run for Women has raised over $6 million nationwide since its inception in 2013.
Learn more on the Global News Edmonton website about how the funds raised will support women's mental health care across Alberta.
[i] World Health Organization. “Gender and women’s mental health”. https://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/genderwomen/en/
[ii] Women’s College Hospital. “Depression in Women”. http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/health-centres/mental-health/depression/depression-in-women/.