Mental health community comes together for PTSD research

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On May 1, HRI kicked off Mental Health Week 2017 with an evening of music, comedy and community spirit at our first fundraising event in beautiful downtown Guelph.

Sharron Matthews performs

Sharron Matthews performs GIRL CRUSH

Guests enjoyed a one-of-a-kind concert experience by musical comedienne, Sharron Matthews, whose award-winning cabaret, GIRL CRUSH, celebrates diversity, self-acceptance and the importance of supporting one another – a fitting theme for such an event. A pre-show Penny Social featured a variety of incredible prizes, and an auction held after the performance saw two lucky guests go home with travel adventures, generously donated by VIA Rail Canada and WestJet.

We are thrilled to announce that we exceeded our fundraising goal. As a direct result of this support from our community, sponsors and donors, HRI is now able to recruit a Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Fellow, who will be dedicated specifically to trauma research.

HRI has initiated the development of several research projects related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and we look forward to sharing the details of these projects with you in a future newsletter.

We extend our sincere thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Homewood Health Centre, and to KPMG, Wes and Christine Gee, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, CIBC and Linamar, whose sponsorship made this event possible. We are also grateful to the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Guelph Today, who provided media sponsorship for this event.

And finally, thanks to our community, our supporters and our followers. Because of you, HRI is leading an effort to advance care in mental health.


Sharron Matthews

Sharron Matthews had guests in stitches with her musical comedy, GIRL CRUSH


Guelph Honour Guard at fundraising event

Members of the Guelph Police Service Honour Guard were in attendance


Andy MacDonald

Andy MacDonald, General Manager of Emergency Services for the City of Guelph, discusses the impact of PTSD on first responders and their families


Dr. Roy Cameron

HRI Executive Director, Dr. Roy Cameron, discusses HRI’s unique approach to mental health and addiction research