In today's blog, an interview with Sandra Villarraga, Development Officer from Lutherwood, in charge of the of Steps for Kids, an event that aims to gather funds to support a very important cause: children's mental health. Tee Talent was responsible for the t-shirts and also developed the design based on the ideas provided by the organizers.
What is Steps for Kids?
Steps for Kids is a fun and inspirational walk through the beautiful countryside of North Waterloo. It’s a terrific way to build community and enjoy a great experience outdoors while supporting an important cause: children's mental health.
The Walk provides hope and reduces stigma for those youth who are struggling with mental health challenges, sending the message that we walk together to support them.
Steps for Kids is Lutherwood’s largest fundraising event and raises a significant portion of the revenue needed to deliver and grow critical mental health programs for youth with mental health challenges.
Why mental health is so important?
One in five youth cope with a mental health issue. Many of them don’t ask for help due to the stigma. Steps for Kids helps breakdown the stigma of mental illness, while encouraging young people to seek the help they need in leading healthy and productive lives.
Mental health can be life-changing and life-threatening if we don’t start having a proper conversation about it now. Left untreated, mental health issues can spiral out of control and lead to self-injury, drug abuse, homelessness, hospitalization, jail, or even suicide, which is the second leading cause of death among teens.
Untreated mental health issues may result in much bigger social costs down the road – in the
justice system, social assistance, chronic healthcare and mental health treatment. Every $1 invested in kids today saves $8 of taxpayers’ money in the future.
Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health Centre on Benjamin Road in Waterloo is often the ‘last resort’ in treatment options for youth ages 12-18 who struggle with their mental health. Every child who comes to Lutherwood has a complex story. And every one of them needs a skilled team of professionals guiding them to overcome the challenges created by their serious mental health problems.
How can someone get involved to help?
By registering as an individual or a team at www.lutherwoodstepsforkids.ca
Why Steps for Kids choose Tee Talent to make their t-shirts?
We were interested in the story behind Tee Talent and wanted to support it in this way. We were satisfied by the quality of our t-shirts and the great customer service provided.
For more info, visit www.lutherwoodstepsforkids.ca