Theresa Lawson’s battle with mental health started at a young age and like many is a continuous one.

“I have had a long personal journey with mental health illnesses – in addition to several close family members dealing with bipolar disorder, and various addictions, I have lived with anxiety and depression since I was in grade 3”, she explained.

From Lawson’s struggle with mental health comes strong motivation and inspiration as she looks to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association on October 20th.

The Canadian Mental Health Associate (CMHA) is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, they provide support to more than 100,000 people who are experiencing mental illness.

The event, “A Night in Support of Mental Health”, being held at The Vue on 195 Galaxy Boulevard in Toronto, will be filled with a full dinner service and bar along with special guest Heather Croft, Director of Philanthropy at CMHA York Region South Simcoe, to attend and speak on behalf of the organization.

The night will also include a performance by Army of Sass – Peel and musical stylings of DJ Ready 2 Go.

Lawson hopes to provide those coping with mental health disabilities a way to improve themselves.

“We are fortunate enough to be living in a time where mental health is finally being discussed out in the open – however what needs to follow is action”, Lawson said, “We need to raise the awareness for the need of such incredible services that are being offered by organizations like CMHA and CAMH”.

For more information on this event and to buy tickets please visit www.eventbrite.ca and search for ‘A Night in Support of Mental Health.