$5,000 Raised For Mental Health Foundation

June 29, 2015

On June 25th, Deborah Pharoah-Williams and Tali Gabai-Maiato presented the Directors of the Bermuda Mental Health Foundation [BMHF] with a cheque for $5000.00 representing funds raised during the Bermuda Day holiday.

A BMHF spokesperson said, “Deborah and Tali sought to raise funds to help combat stigma surrounding depression and increase knowledge about suicide prevention.

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“While running to raise funds for non-profits is nothing new to “The Weekenders Running Group”, the idea to run for the Bermuda Mental Health Foundation is very personal to members, Deborah Pharoah-Williams and Tali Gabai-Maiato.

“Both lost their siblings, Dennis and Kaelenne in the past 2 years to suicide. By sharing their stories, we hope to raise both money and awareness for the Bermuda Mental Health Foundation to help connect dedicated resources with those that need immediate help.

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“Too often there is a stigma associated with seeking help for depression or admitting to depression at all. The Weekenders have raised funds to help provide resources for anyone who needs help during a very trying time.

“The Weekenders also seek to remove the stigma associated with seeking help for depression by talking about it openly, as this could happen to any one of us.

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“When Deborah approached the Bermuda Mental Health Foundation requesting to raise money that can be contributed to the Rethink Mental Health Campaign, specifically about raising awareness around depression and suicide prevention, we were elated,” said Ms. Lewis, spokesperson for the Foundation.

“The Foundation has launched a yearlong campaign that is focused on combating stigma and raising awareness around mental illness in Bermuda. We are excited that members of the community have come together to assist us with achieving our mission and we look forward to working with Deborah and Tali.”

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“Deborah and Tali used the following website to raise funds and exceeded their goal of $5000.00 link here. You are able to learn additional information and read letters of support on this site as well. For additional information or to learn more about the Bermuda Mental Health Foundation please visit www.bmhf.bm or e-mail info@bmhf.bm.”

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  1. Thanks to,“The Weekenders Running Group”, for their contribution to Bermuda Mental Health Foundation. “The Weekenders also seek to remove the stigma associated with seeking help for depression by talking about it openly, as this could happen to any one of us.” As a member of the BS&FSA I encounter/ed at various times people who’ve entertained taking their life…Please, visit http://www.bmhf.bm (or e-mail) info@bmhf.bm.”

  2. WhistleBlower says:

    Great job ladies!!!