Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME)

One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness. At FAME, we support the other four – the family members and caregivers.

On GivingTuesday, FAME needs your help to raise awareness for families & caregivers who support a loved one with a mental health concern.

All you need is a backpack!

STEP 1: Simply wear a backpack on Tuesday instead of a purse or briefcase. If possible, wear it the whole day – the idea is getting people to ask you why you’re wearing it!

STEP 2: Explain why you are raising awareness for FAME, and let others know about the important work we do.

STEP 3: Snap a picture and tag us on social media using the hashtag #FAMEhasyourback 

You can also participate in GivingTuesday by helping us fill 20 Backpacks for FAMEkids Safe Kid Kits. Learn more about Safe Kid Kits here!

1 Backpack = $50
Fill a backpack with any of the following:

Personal Care:$10 will provide basic toiletries for one child’s Safe Kids Kit; your gift will help a child to take care of their basic needs.

Warmth & Nourishment:$10will provide seasonal items such as mittens, toques and warm socks, as well as non-perishable snacks for one child’s Safe Kids Kit; your gift will help keep children warm and nourished.

Safety & Security: $10 will provide important materials for one child’s Safe Kids Kit - such as affirmation cards, feelings cards, safety plans, emergency contact cards; your gift will help to remind a child of the support that is available to them.

Reflection & Self-Expression:$15 will provide art supplies for one child’s Safe Kids Kit; your gift will help a child to explore their feelings and learn about mental health through creative expression.

Play:$5 will provide toys and personal objects for one child’s Safe Kids Kit; these items are tailored to the personal interests of each child and help to ensure that a child remembers to have fun while continuing to support a loved who is living with a mental illness.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay up to date on our GivingTuesday totals!

Together, we can foster hope, strength, and resilience in families.

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