— Liz (@F3inGoderich) April 4, 2015
— Sean (@TazDevil572) April 4, 2015
The “Band To Raise Awareness For #PTSD” will meet Saturday April 4, 2014 at 7pm!
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) April 4, 2015
Many caring people met for the first time at the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, Ontario Canada for the Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals Hockey Game courtesy of the generosity of Toronto family law lawyer Kathryn Hendrikx.
For tweets from the game follow some of the following people:
— Scott Mills (@GraffitiBMXCop) April 4, 2015
Hendrikx, herself passionate about mental health issues, bid on 20 tickets for a private box at a fundraiser in early 2015. Securing the tickets, she reached out to Constable Scott Mills, the Social Media Officer for the Toronto Police Service wanting to use the tickets to create awareness for people experiencing mental health, depression, anxiety and PTSD issues.
A grass roots social media campaign resulted after Mills reached out to Chris Ecklund to utilize the Canadian Heroes Foundation established and incredible social media reach to create awareness.
A veteran psychologist, Paulette Laidlaw (http://twitter.com/DrPLaidlaw) was consulted on mental health issues, and a tweet up was organized to give away the donated hockey tickets.
Many key points were made by the participants in the tweet up, creating important awareness for mental health issues.
In particular, many ways to reach out to get professional mental health assistance without facing the traditional stigma of mental illness were shared.
View the results of the tweet up on Storify here: