Pandemic Sees Stigma Enigma Pivot To Meals For Mental Health
Stigma Enigma’s “Meals For Mental Health” kicks off today in support of Maryvale Centre’s Children’s Mental Health Programs and runs from Nov 2-8. Windsor Essex residents can dine in or order take out from 17 participating restaurants and mention they would like to have $5 or more added to their bill as a donation.
Meals For Mental Health replaces Stigma Enigma’s annual Mingle for Mental Health which normally brings in a celebrity speaker who shares their personal stories and struggles to raise awareness about mental health issues. These familiar faces help the organization in its mission to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health, encouraging non-judgmental conversations about it and inspiring individuals to reach out for help in times of distress.
This year the first NHL player of Inuit descent, Jordin Tootoo was scheduled to be the guest speaker but the event was postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous guest speakers have included former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple (2015); NBA Hall of Famer and former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (2016); author, actress and former wife of Prime Minister of Canada, Margaret Trudeau (2017); four-time Olympian and former rowing world champion Silken Laumann (2018); and Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee (2019).
Stigma Enigma, headed by Windsor Family Physician Patrick Smith, has raised more than $800,000 since it’s inception 6 years ago. Smith has lost patients and close friends to mental illness and suicide. Sadly, mental illness hit hard when he lost both his eighteen-year-old niece and twenty-four-year-old nephew within a year’s time to suicide. From the tragedy Smith and his group of volunteers formed Stigma Enigma to fight the stigma of mental health and to help prevent suicide, particularly among youth, in our community.
Funds raised through the annual fundraiser help to provide youth counselling services at Maryvale which have been under-funded and under-serviced for years and are in higher demand than ever during the pandemic.
The group has teamed up with the following restaurants to raise funds this year through Meals For Mental Health:
Fourteen Restaurant & Sky Lounge
KOMA (Kitchen of Michael Anthony)
Mezzo Ristorante & Lounge
O’Maggio’s Kildare House
Ortona 1864 Cafe & Panino Shop
Rock Bottom Bar & Grill
Tabouli by Eddy’s
Customers who donate will have a chance to win a 65″ TV or a Tim Horton’s gift card.
All proceeds to benefit Maryvale Children’s Mental Health Centre.
Maryvale is a local agency that helps youth in our area who are facing mental health issues, counselling, day treatment and the Rotary Home for quick intake of youth at high risk for suicide.
For more information please visit www.stigmaengima.ca