In a bid to stand up to the stigma surrounding mental illness and addictions, Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) has launched an online auction to raise funds that will help boost awareness about the impact stigma can have on the lives of those living with mental illness.
Supported by the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, KHSC said that the Stand Up to Stigma auction has now opened bidding on a remarkable selection of items generously donated by local businesses, including everything from spa gift certificates and weekend getaway packages to a personal portrait session. According to KHSC, themed items will be popping up for March Break, Easter and Mother’s Day.
KHSC said that funds from the auction will support stigma awareness opportunities, such as a series of lunchtime webinars and prominently featured speakers, that are part of the organization’s Stand Up to Stigma—Let’s Talk Mental Health initiative.
“We welcome the community’s support of our auction,” said Nicholas Axas, program operational director for Mental Health and Addiction Care with KHSC. “It’s a silent event, but the funds raised will help us to hear all kinds of voices as we work to normalize conversations about mental illness and addictions. That’s how we create greater compassion and understanding about mental illness in our homes, workplaces and community.”
To make a bid in the Stand Up to Stigma online auction, visit https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/index.cfm?auctionID=29473