What is Step Up for Mental Health?
In early 2019, the inaugural Step Up for Mental Health Run/Walk was announced. On May 11th, a 5K/10K run/walk through Saskatoon’s scenic river valley took place with live bands, unprecedented course atmosphere and a post-run concert at the Delta Bessborough Gardens. An evening of inspiration followed, featuring musicians and celebrities, hosted by #SickNotWeak founder and TSN broadcaster, Michael Landsberg. Every dollar of entry fees, plus a matching amount from Cameco, supported the Cameco Fund for Mental Health established through the Saskatoon Community Foundation. These funds were disbursed to organizations undertaking projects that promote or protect mental health.
Three more years of Step Up events have followed including virtual runs and golf tournaments. Not only has the Saskatchewan event grown, events have also been expanded to Northumberland County and Blind River, Ontario where Cameco's Fuel Services division operates.
Since it's launch in 2019, Step Up for Mental Health events have raised more than $1.7 million in Saskatchewan and over $200,000 in Northumberland County and Blind River, Ontario for mental health iniatives.
“It can be difficult to talk about mental health and many suffer in silence,” says Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel. “In addition to raising funds, we hope that Step Up for Mental Health plays a role in promoting discussion and ending the stigma."