For the second year, PointClickCare employees stayed up all night to raise funds and awareness in support of the CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health Challenge. Once the clock struck 6:30pm, employees gathered at the Mississauga, ON office to hear from those who have battled mental illness, participate in some fun activities, and stay up ’til the sun came up.
From frontline staff to our executive leadership team, the prevalence of mental illness has touched the lives of several of our employees. The impact of mental illness is a global issue, with 350 million people suffering from depression worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In America, roughly 43 million adults suffer from mental illness, and approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder.
With so many affected, we were happy to provide our support by helping to raise awareness and funding. We kicked off our One Brave Night with a magic show, followed by a special presentation from an individual who experienced the challenge of mental illness first hand.
After the talk, an ‘Iron Chef’ inspired cooking competition began, where teams of 6-7 put their culinary skills to the test by preparing three different courses for a panel of three judges.
It was a tough call, but the judges narrowed it down to one winner; the group who presented a chili shrimp wonton. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait long to sample the dishes ourselves, as we enjoyed a late dinner after the competition. Once our food had settled, it was on to a scavenger hunt throughout the office building, followed by a karaoke challenge.
It was during karaoke that we were visited by local radio station, Indie88, who joined in on the tunes and shared in the discussion on why events like One Brave Nights are important. The rest of the evening comprised of movies, games, and a little guitar playing.
The night was an overall success, and the team at PointClickCare raised over $43,000 in support of CAMH, doubling the amount collected by the team last year. While we each had our own motivations for participating, we joined together in a stand against mental illness. The donations collected support the highest-priority needs of the hospital and help improve access to care, conduct research to find better treatments, and build more spaces for healing.awarenessCAMHcollaborationfundraisingmental healthOne Brave Nightour teamPointClickCare