ABOUT US

Westman Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention Association is a group of dedicated volunteers with a desire to educate, advocate, support, and empower through awareness and events for mental health wellness. If you are looking for funding to help support your community, organization or business initiative to promote mental wellness and suicide prevention – we may be able to help.

ABOUT US

Westman Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention Association is a group of dedicated volunteers with a desire to educate, advocate, support, and empower through awareness and events for mental health wellness. If you are looking for funding to help support your community, organization or business initiative to promote mental wellness and suicide prevention – we may be able to help.

Our Team

From Left to Right: Dave Williams, Cathy Williams, Tunji Olasunkanmi, Marie Greer, Richard Greer and Tess Lelond.

Dave Williams

Co-Founder

After the loss of my step-son I wanted to be proactive to help other families through the heartbreak that comes with the suicide of a loved one.  I also firmly believe that my efforts with our charity have been an integral part of my healing process. 

Cathy Williams

Co-Founder

My son, Brant, died by suicide on May 9, 2009.  I watched him struggle with his mental health and did my best to support him.  When he died my world was shattered.  I felt helpless, guilty, and broken.  It took me about 5 years to start picking up the pieces and making the decision that I did not want to live in the shadows anymore.  Starting our charity brought positivity back into my life.  It gave me purpose.

 

And above all it honours my son’s life.

Tunji Olasunkanmi

Board Member

Serves as a chaplain, providing spiritual care in a Long-Term Care facility in Brandon Manitoba. He also serves as a pastor in a local church in the city. Tunji comes alongside people in their various life situations to help them find meaning, hope and healing. He has written a few books to support people in their search for wholeness.

Marie Greer

Board Member

Alone.  Out of options. Broken.  These are words I wish for no one to associate with.  Being part of this team that works to end stigma, encourage healing, and provide financial resources to others with the same goals is so important to me.  I appreciate the fact that, as aboard, we strive to see the positive and still have some fun on this journey together.

Richard Greer

Board Member

Just an ordinary guy trying to help ordinary people do extraordinary things.

Tess Lelond

Board Member

The connection of a Prairie Mountain Health Mental Health rep has been important to provide a link with, and updates, related to Provincial and Regional initiative and resources.   I also help provide statistical reports, evidence-based research, reviews, and technical reports, on the topics of suicide prevention and mental health and wellness – this helps the Committee’s understanding of what topics, content areas, resources and information is important for the Westman area to support.

Fast Facts Mental Illness

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time either through their own experience, or that of a family member, friend or colleague.
  • In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
  • By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
  • Major depression affects approximately 5.4% of the Canadian population, and anxiety disorders affect 4.6% of the population. [1]
  • Eating disorders affect approximately 1 million Canadians – between 0.3-1% of the population. They impact women at a rate ten times that of men, and have the highest rate of mortality of any mental illness. [2]
  • Substance use disorders affect approximately 6% of Canadians. [3]
  • 4,012 Canadians died by suicide in 2019. [4]
  • Approximately 20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder. [5]
  • In 2011, 11% of 15-24 year old’s reported experiencing depression. [6]
  • Between 2008–2009 and 2018–2019, among youth there was a 61% increase in emergency department visits and a 60% increase in hospitalizations for mental disorders. [7]
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults between 15-34 years. [8]

You Can Make a Difference

As we expand in Westman we are searching to grow our mental wellness community!

If this interests you please contact us or donate.

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“If we start being honest about our pain, our anger and our shortcomings” instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it”

                                                                    ~ Russell Wilson.

You Can Make a Difference

As we expand in Westman we are searching to grow our mental wellness community!

If this interests you please contact us or donate.

No payment method connected. Contact seller.

“If we start being honest about our pain, our anger and our shortcomings” instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it”                                                           

~ Russell Wilson.

You Can Make a Difference

As we expand in Westman we are searching to grow our mental wellness community!

If this interests you please contact us or donate.

“If we start being honest about our pain, our anger and our shortcomings” instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a beteter place than we found it”

                                                                    ~ Russell Wilson.

Our Goal is to E.A.S.E:

Educate

to increase the understanding of mental wellness.

Advocate

By being a community voice to reduce a prejudice and discrimination around mental health and suicide.

Support

By promoting wellness and recovery to those impacted by suicide.

Empower

people to affect positive change through the discovery of personal strengths.

Our Goal is to E.A.S.E:

Educate

to increase the understanding of mental wellness

Advocate

By being a community voice to reduce a prejudice and discrimination around mental health and suicide.

Support

By promoting wellness and recovery to those impacted by suicide

Empower

people to affect positive change through the discovery of personal strengths.