Maple Leaf Mitch Marner is internet hosting a psychological well being fundraiser in London, Ontario. to ‘sink the stigma’

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Toronto Maple Leaf Mitchell Marner and his team from the Marner Assist Foundation (MAF) hosted the first annual Sink the Stigma event in London, Ontario.

On Thursday, the Mini Putt fundraiser took place in East Park to support the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP).

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The program is the first in Canada to aim to reverse the “first episodes” of mental illness in youth ages 16 to 25.

“I think sometimes people have a lot of weight on their shoulders and they don’t want to speak up and talk about it,” Marner told Global News. “Hosting this fundraiser in London not only has special meaning for me personally, but will unite the community and raise funds for mental health programs.”

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According to Marner, MAF’s primary goal is to “make lasting change for children and youth” as the foundation focuses on children’s social welfare, health, environmental concerns and education.

Mitch Marner was in #ldnont at @EastParkLondon on Thursday as his Marner Assist Foundation launched Sink the Stigma – a celebrity mini-golf tournament – in support of #LHSC’s first episode mood and fear program. #leaves #nhl https://t.co/Gnv4BU4rwg pic.twitter.com/sVrGmvRJkj

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“Events like Sink the Stigma not only raise critical funds for important community programs, but also raise awareness of youth mental health by helping fund solutions where they can make the most difference,” said Dr. Osuch, Founder and Medical Director of FEMAP.

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“I’m grateful for the generosity of our community and events like Sink the Stigma that allow FEMAP to continue to make such a big difference in the lives of young people.”

Sink the Stigma attendees had a chance to meet not only Marner, but also celebrity guests like country music star Tim Hicks, Olympians Alex Kopacz, Alysha Newman and former NHL hockey player Mike Kruschelnyski.

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Hicks said that “now more than ever” it’s important to talk about mental health.

“We really need to break down the stigma around mental health,” he said. “It’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s nothing to feel strange about, [and] I think the best way to do that is to just go out there and talk about it, because that’s healing in and of itself.”

“Mental health is stigmatized and I hope so [annual] The event will continue the shift to dispel that prejudice,” Toronto Maple Leaf Mitchell Marner told Global News at the first annual “Sink the Stigma” fundraiser in London, Ontario on Thursday, September 15.

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Marner added that he hopes the new annual fundraiser will bring the community together and show the power and importance of working together as a team.

“It’s a tough fight without a team,” he said. “In this mental health battle, there’s always a team around you that’s ready to talk and always ready to listen to you, and that’s what we’re trying to bring out there and remove the stigma.

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“Mental health is stigmatized and I hope so [annual] Event will continue the transition to address these prejudices,” he added.

– with files from Mike Stubbs of Global News

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