EMHAC (Edmonton Mental Health Awareness Committee)
Our group of volunteers plans fundraising events for organizations that help improve the lives of people living with mental illness. We also strive to raise awareness and reduce stigma by creating opportunities for people with lived experience to become engaged and involved with breaking down barriers through speaking and performing at the events we plan. We are a group of 10 individuals, 5 of whom themselves live with a mental health condition.
Who Will it Benefit?
Many people will benefit including those who feel they have to live in silence and shame because of their illness. The organizations that struggle to help provide services that our current mental health systems aren\'t providing. 1 in 5 people have a mental illness and need services, yet our system has not been able to keep up. The onus has fallen upon grassroots organizations to do what they can to help those suffering.