Adolescent Mental Health Matters Luncheon Donation

On September 7th 2018 McMan Calgary & Area hosted the Adolescent Mental Health Matters Luncheon at the Calgary Petroleum Club. The luncheon featured a keynote address by Kelly Hrudey, former NHL goalie and current sports broadcaster, followed by a panel discussion with mental health professionals and individuals who shared their experiences with the effects of mental illness on their lives.

The theme of the luncheon was building connections and access to support. This was one of McMan Calgary & Area’s first fundraisers in several years and through our partnership with the Shaw Birdies for Kids program presented by AltaLink, close to $10,000 was raised for McMan’s mental health programming. McMan Calgary & Area thanks all attendees and participants. We look forward to seeing you all at our next event!

During our Adolescent Mental Health Matters Luncheon on September 7th, 2018 McMan Calgary & Area received a collective donation of $16,000 from the Porter and the Sands families. Fran Porter is the author of When the Ship has no Stabilizers, a book that highlights her family’s journey with their daughter Colleen, who had a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis.

Having attended an event where Fran shared her story, Debbie Sands became inspired to write and share her own family’s story. A Moth to the Flame chronicles her daughter Amy’s struggles with Borderline Personality Disorder. Both authors generously donate all proceeds of their books to support McMan Calgary & Area’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills programs. These programs target vulnerable youth who would otherwise face long wait times or not be able to afford treatment. Thank you to these special families for supporting this program that is addressing an urgent need in our community!

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