CALGARY (660 NEWS ) — On June 1 Skylar Roth-MacDonald will begin the journey of a lifetime. Operating from Vancouver, British Columbia to St. John’s Newfoundland, the 24-year-old from Calgary will likely be masking 7,036 kilometers to boost consciousness for psychological well being.
“There’s a variety of the reason why, however the largest purpose is to create extra consciousness for psychological well being,” Roth-MacDonald explains, including, “particularly proper now, I believe anybody can relate to psychological well being struggles in a method or one other. I do know I can.”
Roth-MacDonald advised 660 Information that he additionally has a private purpose for dedicating the cross-country to elevating psychological well being consciousness.
“I’ve misplaced two actually good buddies to suicide and I see the affect that leaves on a neighborhood,” mentioned Roth-MacDonald. He provides it’s essential to debate our struggles “I do know typically it’s a bit simpler to open up if you see others do it.”
LISTEN: 660’s Devon Banfield spoke with Skylar Roth-MacDonald about his cross-Canada journey
In response to Statistics Canada, in 2015 alone 4,405 Canadians died on account of suicide. Additionally they discovered that every single day in Canada, 10 folks die by suicide.
The Canadian Authorities experiences a number of excessive dangers teams for suicide makes an attempt, together with males and boys, who make up over 70 per cent of suicide deaths in folks aged 15-64 years previous and 80 per cent of these over 65. The record additionally contains folks incarcerated in federal jail, those that have misplaced somebody to suicide, youth aged 15-24 years previous, folks residing in Inuit areas, and other people residing in some First Nations and Metis communities.
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Roth-MacDonald advised 660 Information that he’s trying to encourage others via this feat.
“I’m fairly actually exhibiting folks ‘take one step ahead via the robust occasions and nice issues will proceed to return’ although we could be struggling proper now.”
He additionally says he’s not fearful in regards to the trek, as he has overcome better challenges previously.
“I see fairly a parallel between working throughout Canada and combating my very own battles with psychological well being,” he mentioned.
He additionally has a secondary objective for the journey, elevating $50,000 for the Canadian Psychological Well being Affiliation. You possibly can comply with Roth-MacDonald’s journey, and make a donation on his web site.
When you, or somebody you already know, is battling psychological well being points the Canadian authorities has an inventory of help-lines for folks throughout the nation. Youngsters Assist Cellphone additionally offers assets for youngsters and youth Canada-wide.