Flora’s Walk – May 3rd

A walk to support Perinatal Mental Health

What does that mean? Perinatal Mental Health

Everyone is welcome to come out and walk with us May 3rd. We will be meeting at Meridian Place downtown Barrie from 11:30am – 1pm

Donations and/or sponsorship can be made directly to our team page at this link: https://floraswalk.ca/


The Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative (CPMHC) is holding its second
annual national fundraiser walkathon – Flora’s Walk for Perinatal Mental Health – coinciding with World Maternal Mental Health Week. The walk is named after Flora Babakhani, a Canadian mom who tragically lost her life to untreated postpartum psychosis on January 14th, 2022.

Moms, babies, family & friends are all invited to join for a stroller walk to discuss, promote and support perinatal mental health. Read more about Flora at: https://cpmhc.ca/floras-story/
Please accept our invitation to be part of Flora’s Walk in Barrie to
raise awareness for the need to improve services for moms and families.

By sponsoring a walk in your city, you will be providing funds to help cover the cost of organizing the walk as well as add to the funds being raised to improve local services. You will receive
a sponsorship acknowledgement letter to submit with your business taxes – write off the
sponsorship as a business expense (CRA approved).

** We are looking for local corporate sponsors in these five categories: ***

  • $250 Pewter Level Sponsor (Logo on website)
  • $500 Bronze Level Sponsor (Logo on website/shared on social media)
  • $1000 Silver Level Sponsor (Logo on website/shared on social media/printed
  • $2500 Gold Level Sponsor (Logo on website/shared on social media/printed
    materials, business recognized at event)
  • $5000 Titanium Level Sponsor (Logo on website/shared on social media/printed
    materials, business recognized at event + LIVE speaker at event)

Where the money raised will go:
75% of the funds raised will go towards CPMHCs new strategic plan that
prioritizes the development of nationwide provincial/territorial advocacy chapters.
With the government currently working with CPMHC to prioritize perinatal mental
health, we need to take advantage and advocate from the ground up and the top
down = stronger impact.

25% of the funds raised will go into our new ‘COMMUNITY POT’ that will support
new/existing community-based initiatives and training scholarships for our Walk
Leaders who support families within the perinatal period.

Why should you sponsor our walk? The Facts:

  • Perinatal refers to the time period from conception to one year postpartum.
  • Perinatal mental illness refers to prenatal and/or postpartum – depression,
    anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress
    disorder, bipolar disorder, and psychosis.
  • Some of the consequences of untreated perinatal mental illness include: Chronic
    depression; impaired parental-infant attachment; impaired cognitive/psychosocial
    development for the child; and maternal suicide or infanticide.
  • The health and wellbeing of mothers and families impacts every community in
  • Unlike the UK, Australia, and the US, Canada does not have a National Perinatal
    Mental Health Strategy. A National Perinatal Mental Health Strategy created in
    consultation with Canadians and provincial and territorial governments would
    ensure women, men, and birthing people receive treatment in a timely manner.
  • Suicide is the 4th leading case of maternal death in Canada with one in every 19
    maternal deaths in Ontario attributable to suicide.

Candice Thomas BAHS

Patricia Dent

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