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Community raises $174K for youth mental health

Mental Health in Motion is CMHA's largest fundraising event

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) York Region and South Simcoe’s largest fundraising event, Mental Health in Motion, raised $174,000 for youth mental health services and programs.

On Sunday, June 12, more than 400 community members came together to run, walk and cycle in support of youth mental health in York Region and South Simcoe.

“This year’s Mental Health in Motion was an amazing experience to see the smiles, the families, the friends and the community that we’ve built around mental health — a community that says mental health matters,” says Rebecca Shields, CEO of CMHA York Region South Simcoe. “The community’s involvement in this event matters more than ever because we don’t know the last lasting impact of the pandemic, but we know the solution is access to care through programs and services like MOBYSS.”

To date, the event has raised $174,000 including $118,646 through individual and team fundraising and over $55,000 through sponsorships, silent auction and registration fees. Donations are being accepted until July 1 at

This year, the top fundraising participants are Team Jake, who raised $22,250, Judy Brunton, who raised $15,937, Giancarlo Trimarchi, who raised $9,475, and Susan Mendes de Franca, who raised $9,160.

Canadian Mental Health Association York Region and South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) is grateful for the support of presenting sponsor Staples Canada, as well as additional sponsors 105.9 the Region, IG Wealth Management, McDonald’s Canada, Star Metroland Media, Giant Tiger, Bell Canada, Cattanach Hindson, Sutton, Vanveldhuizen LLP Barristers and Solicitors, United Soils, TS Tech, Powell Contracting, Stinson Traffic Safety Specialists, Knowledge Broker Real Estate, Sentia Solutions and Foster Family Chiropractic and Associates.

CMHA-YRSS is also appreciative of the many in-kind supporters and vendors of Mental Health in Motion: Vince’s Market, Orangetheory Fitness, York Regional Police, Toronto Blue Jays, Farm Boy, Neal Brothers, Healthy Planet, Longo’s, Food for Thought, D and D Party Rentals, Mister Soft Treats, Minuteman Press, Water Depot, Powell Contracting, singer-songwriter Oli Graham and gold medal-winning Olympian Paul Rosen.

Mental Health in Motion

Mental Health in Motion is York Region and South Simcoe’s largest fundraising event for youth mental health programs and services. To learn more about Mental Health in Motion, visit

Youth mental health programs in York Region and South Simcoe

CMHA offers a variety of programs for those aged 12 and above including MOBYSS (pronounced mo-bies), Ontario’s first and only mobile health clinic for youth ages 12 to 25. MOBYSS travels to where youth are in York Region and South Simcoe, offering free support for mental health, physical health, and sexual health support. Learn more about the bus at

For more information about youth programs and services offered by CMHA, visit

About Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region and South Simcoe

Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health with 75 branches across the country, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness and addiction.

CMHA York Region and South Simcoe (CMHA-YRSS) is one of the fastest growing branches of CMHA, last year serving more than 17,000 clients. With a vision of providing mental health to all, CMHA-YRSS offers more than 30 mental health and addictions programs for youth, adults, family caregivers, local businesses and community organizations. To find out more, visit