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Surrender Gala

The Durham School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance is passionate about impacting change in the community through the power of the Arts. This year, DSBCD partnered with The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation to present The Surrender Gala: Using the Arts to Help and to Heal.

Our Surrender Gala was a tremendous success and a powerful night of creative healing! On Saturday February 25th, 2017 we raised over $5000 for The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation in honour of mental health awareness by using the arts to help and to heal!

Surrender Gala 2017 “Using the Arts to help and to heal”

A FUNDRAISER ON BEHALF OF MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS hosted by THE DURHAM SCHOOL OF BALLET AND CONTEMPORARY DANCE

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25TH, 2017

GENERAL SIKORSKI BANQUET VENUE 1551 Stevenson Rd, Oshawa

KEYNOTE SPEAKER MP CELINA CAESAR-CHAVANNES

The goal of this event was to create connectivity in our community that encourages honest dialogue about mental health that promotes inclusivity. The Arts have proven to be very effective as a means of therapy and the night was a creative release of energy! In addition to a formal sit down dinner, there was professional and youth performances in Dance, Music and Spoken word.

Proceeds from the evening helped create arts based healing therapy programs for local youth who have endured mental health issues, due to abuse and/or trauma in partnership with Art With Heart /Durham Children’s Aid Foundation.

The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation was established in 2004 and is a registered charity that supports children and youth associated with the Durham Children’s Aid Society. The Durham Children’s Aid Foundation is able to extend a helping hand to those children and youth in need, to help break the cycle of abuse and neglect and to foster the healthy development of children/youth into socially responsible adults. The areas supported by the Foundation are services that are not covered by government funding.

How does Mental health impact youth?

  • It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.
  • Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.
  • The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.
  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
  • Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world.
  • Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.
  • Schizophrenia is youth’s greatest disabler as it strikes most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting an estimated one person in 100.
  • Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.
  • In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

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