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Mental wellness walk held at Surrey park

Event helps raise awareness, support for families who have loved ones dealing with mental health challenges

Although the weekend weather hid the sunshine behind some clouds Sunday morning, that didn't stop walkers from participating in an event at a Surrey park.

Emotions BC held their second annual Walk for Mental Wellness Sunday (June 23), attracting two- and four-legged walkers to Surrey Bend Regional Park.

Also a fundraiser, the walk helps raise awareness – and support – for those who have loved ones dealing with mental health challenges. 

"For families, in particular – the families and caregivers who have loved ones with struggling with their mental health – there's definitely a gap in the supports for mental health," said Emotions BC founder and executive director Nicole Taylor.

Working towards giving such caregivers access to barrier-free supports, or making them aware of what support is available, is all part of what Emotions BC does, and also, what the walk is for, she said.

"Sometimes it's about being more effective in your relationship rather than being reactive... all of us have lived experience, so it's sharing those skills that we have."

Participants enjoyed interactive booths featuring local community resources, live entertainment, popcorn and a light lunch after the walk, which took place on the park's trail loop. 

Anyone interested in Emotions BC can visit their website at emotionsbc.ca



Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’ve worked as a journalist in community newspapers from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey.
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