We ALL have mental health.
Each year, Vogue Charity Fashion Show chooses a local charity in Kingston to raise money and awareness for in hopes of making a difference to the local community. The selection process is far from easy; with an overwhelming amount of interest, we receive dozens of applications from different organizations across the city.
In our 21st year, we at Vogue Charity Fashion Show are incredibly proud to be supporting the Kingston Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - a national organization that advocates for and supports mental health through its countless initiatives that help over 1.3 million Canadians. We chose CMHA as our charity this year because of how prevalent mental illness is at both Queen’s University, and the greater Kingston community. The lack of mental health resources on and off campus inspired us to support a mental health organization to destigmatize mental illness and help fund community programming, as it’s been proven that students (ages 18-22) are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.
We found it extremely important to support the mental health of our Kingston community due to the deficits students and community members alike are faced with when attempting to access mental health resources. Not only is mental health stigmatized, but it is an underfunded aspect of health. Mental illness and the consequences stemmed from lack of resources can be seen as a public health crisis, to which very few Universities allocate enough funding towards. CMHA Kingston provides countless resources for all who walk through its doors, regardless of the situation and/or diagnoses. We have had the opportunity to volunteer with CMHA Kingston’s “Kids Get Stressed Too” program, an initiative that focuses on different aspects of developing children’s mental health to further their personal growth and allow them to prosper educationally and socially. VCFS is both humbled and proud to able to support such a diversified organization.
With our donation to CMHA, we plan to renovate their library space and initiate a Bibliotherapy Program, which is a program that uses literature and books as therapy for psychological disorders. This library will host informal bibliotherapy by providing a safe space for children and adults alike to access when they are seeking respite, and host formal programming in a comfortable and engaging environment.
So this year on January 31st, Vogue Charity Fashion Show invites you to talk. Let’s talk about mental health. Let’s support one another. Let’s advocate for mental health resources on and off-campus to better our students and community. Let’s end this stigma. #BellLetsTalk
You can further support VCFS and CMHA Kingston by attending our performances at the Grand Theatre on March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (tickets purchased here) or by donating to VCFS on behalf of CMHA Kingston here with “VCFS” in the message. From the entire Cast & Crew, we thank you for your support.