NEW GLASGOW — Carmichael Park was filled with balloons and a welcoming air as the Road to Recovery Walk for the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia took place Saturday afternoon.
The walk has been taking place in Pictou County for eight years and is steadily raising more awareness for mental health.
“All the money we raise goes back to the county,” said Cecilia McRae of the group.
The money raised from the fundraiser will be going to the Bright Smiles project — an initiative that helps those who deal with mental illnesses receive dental care, something that can sometimes fall to the wayside. By dealing with dental health and dental issues, the project also gives participants a newfound confidence and pride to be able to smile again without feeling embarrassed or self-conscious.
Along with helping with schizophrenia, the group is also a support group for those who face other types of mental illness and the family members or loved ones of those with a mental illness.
The Road to Recovery Walk kicked off Mental Health Week for Pictou County which runs May 6 to 12 this year.
“Not everyone here has a mental illness, but some come out to support,” said McRae about the event that welcomes everyone’s participation. The idea behind the Road to Recovery Walk is that the organization believes that everyone can recover to some degree and that is what they are working toward.
“That’s our mission, that everyone recovers,” she said.
The group also welcomes those with a mental illness and family or caretakers to their monthly meetings that take place the second Tuesday of every month in room B120 at the Nova Scotia Community College Pictou Campus in Stellarton.
“The support that we get from our community,” said McRae, “… it just makes us feel good.”
Participants in this year’s Road to Recovery Walk started at Carmichael Park in New Glasgow on Saturday afternoon for the event that kicked off Mental Health Week. (Brimicombe photo)