Chetwynd’s Stan Fraser is leading the charge for mental health awareness and stepped up a walking campaign that hits the area over the next week.
“I’m out here walking one step at a time,” said Fraser. “And that’s the only way we can address this, one step at a time.”
The walk starts in Fort Nelson, with Fraser canvasing Prophet River, Sikanni, Pink Mountain, Wonowon, Fort St John, Taylor, Dawson Creek, and finishing in Chetwynd.
Fraser says he completed a walk for mental health four years, and was inspired to raise awareness after suffering through depression.
“That is my goal, is reduce the stigma of mental health and cut out all these little things that drive people to not come forward. I went through it, and my daughter’s went through it. We choose to speak out and talk about it,” said Fraser. “But I totally realize and understand other people that afraid, ashamed, scared to lose their jobs, face their family. There’s a lot of reasons.”
Gatherings are planned in the remote communities, spreading the word on where to find help and resources for those suffering from mental illness.
For more information check out the Facebook page https://facebook.com/events/s/walk-and-talk-the-peace-2020/613975102883151/?ti=ia or call 250-401-8950.
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