Virginia Gingras runs for youth mental health and Team Unbreakable

A Halton high school teacher is living example of what Unbreakable means to mental health.

Virginia Gingras, a mother of two, is an ultra-marathoner who hopes to run the entire length of the Bruce Trail – 890 kilmetres, in September. Before her two-week run, she and her husband are seeking donations that will be used in Halton schools to support mental health initiatives.

The CameronHelps’ Team Unbreakable program is one of the charities she is supporting and the link to donate is one her site. You can go there now make a contribution. Virginia also hopes to involve students in how they wish to spend some of the money raised on mental health initiatives in their schools.

Virginia suffered from depression and wanted to find a way to help others. She has been telling her story at various presentations, hoping to raise awareness of the issue and reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness.

Her connection to CameronHelps goes back two years ago when the Halton school board’s mental health lead Christy Peterson talked about a program called Team Unbreakable. This year, Virginia was able to attend  the Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k run/walk and she says she felt the energy and enthusiasm everywhere at the event.

“I like the idea that the Team Unbreakable program is already in the schools – it is real and hands-in. Kids are already participating. Funding is desperately needed, but I didn’t want to make myself into a charity organization.

“It never left my mind that I wanted to give back to the schools to support positive mental health”, she says. “The discussion around the topic of mental health is more important than the run itself. CameronHelps made an impression with me because they are working with students and they are already in the schools.”

For more about Virignia’s story visit her website

You can also follow her on Facebook (/virginiavsbruce) and Twitter @virginiavsbruce.