Bal des lumières: Québec's three largest mental health charities help people step into the light

Bal des lumières:  Québec's three largest mental health charities help 
people step into the light 
MONTREAL, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mental Illness Foundation, the 
Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation, and the Louis-H. 
Lafontaine Hospital Foundation, University Mental Health Institute, are proud 
to announce the first edition of Bal des lumières. As Québec's largest 
fundraising event for mental health, Bal des lumières will put the cause of 
mental health on the map. On March 20, 2013, 800 guests at the Bell Centre 
will carry the light for mental health. 
In Québec, one in five people will experience mental illness during their 
lifetime. Unfortunately, most will not seek the help that they need because of 
a lack of information or for fear of being judged due to the stigma 
surrounding mental illness. Our three Foundations have united with Bell and 
other Québec corporations to get people talking about mental health and put 
an end to the stigma. This has already been done for AIDS, cancer and 
epilepsy, and it is now time for mental illness to step from the shadows into 
the light. Bal des lumières is a new action towards improving the daily 
lives of people with mental illness and those close to them. 
With $ 1 million as the fundraising objective, net proceeds from Bal des 
lumières will be invested in three projects that will have a major impact on 
the mental health of our families, friends and colleagues: The Mental Illness 
Foundation's Partners for Life outreach program, the Centre for Innovation in 
Mental Health at the Douglas Institute and the Signature Centre at the 
Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital, University Mental Health Institute. Through 
educational programs and cutting-edge treatment and research, our three 
charities will raise awareness about, help people recover from and prevent 
mental illness. 
Bal des lumières will also benefit from the support and involvement of event 
co-chairs George Cope, President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE and Bell; 
Serge Godin, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of CGI; Geoff Molson, 
President and Chief Executive Officer of Club de hockey Canadien, Centre Bell 
& evenko; and Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the 
National Bank of Canada. 
Urban, trendy and unique, Bal des lumières will enchant its audience. Normand 
Brathwaite and Anne-Marie Withenshaw will be the MC's for the evening. They 
will be joined onstage by a range of entertainers, including Marc Hervieux, 
one of the most internationally sought-after Québec vocal artists, the 
"Brathwaite and friends" band, and other well-known performers such as: Julie 
Massicotte, Élizabeth Blouin Brathwaite, Kim Richardson, Sylvie 
Desgroseilliers, and Stéphanie Bédard. 
For more information about Bal des lumières, the projects that will be 
funded, or the organizing charities (the Mental Illness Foundation, the 
Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation, and the Louis-H. 
Lafontaine Hospital Foundation, University Mental Health Institute), please 
visit www.baldeslumieres.com 
Sources: 
Mental Illness Foundation |www.fondationdesmaladiesmentales.org Douglas 
Mental Health University Institute Foundation |www.douglas.qc.ca Louis-H. 
Lafontaine Hospital Foundation, University Mental Health  Institute 
|www.hlhl.qc.ca 
For supplementary information, or an interview, please contact: 
Brigitte Germain Executive Director, Mental Illness Foundation 514 529-5354, 
ext. 243 bgermain@fondationdesmaladiesmentales.org 
Carole Morin Executive Director, Louis-H. Lafontaine Hospital Foundation, 
University  Mental Health Institute 514251-4000, ext. 2026 
carolemorin.hlhl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca 
Tijana Potkonjak Communications Officer, Douglas Mental Health University 
Institute  Foundation 514761-6131, ext. 2761 
tijana.potkonjak@douglas.mcgill.ca 
SOURCE: MENTAL ILLNESS FOUNDATION 
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