Friends With Benefits 2013 for the Royal’s Jennie James Depression Research Fund

23 Mar

We have a date!  Friends With Benefits 2.0 for the Royal’s Jennie James Depression Research Fund will take place on Friday May 10, 2013 at Lago Bar and Grill in Ottawa.  More details to follow shortly – check back here for all the details!

Friends With Benefits was conceptualized by a group of friends whose aim is start a dialogue to reduce the social stigma around depression. By getting our friends, coworkers and neighbours together to share stories, we hope to illustrate that there are many people who are successful, contributing members of the community that are living (and thriving) with mental illness.

Launched last May in 2012, the inaugural event was a huge success and brought in $12,387 all of which went directly to the Jennie James Depression Research Fund to promote awareness, understanding, research and treatment of depression and to end the silence surrounding suicide.  The Fund contributes directly to the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health to support the best possible patient care and leading edge research provided by the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Brockville Mental Health Centre, and the uOttawa Institute of Mental Health Research.  Last year’s event exceeded expectations: the 150 advanced tickets were sold out a week before the event, there was friendly competition for the silent auction items donated by over 50 local businesses, and the event attracted media attention from the popular blog Apartment 613, Rogers Daytime, Boom 99.7, CBC Ottawa and Be Healthy Be Beautiful.

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