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Run for Women celebrates 10 years supporting women's mental health

Annual LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart run supports women's mental health at Lois Hole Hospital
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Join the cause, raising funds for women's mental health at Lois Hole Hospital for Women. See runforwomen.ca to register. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and Shoppers Drug Mart LOVE YOU run happens both virtually or in-person on May 28th at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park in Edmonton. It's a first for the 10th annual event, offered both virtually OR in person.

As always, the run will support women’s mental health programs across the country, with funds going to support the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, among many other programs. 

“We know women’s health is community health, and women need our continued support,” said Sharlene Rutherford, President and CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. “We know seven out of 10 women reported added stress due to the pandemic; more than six out of 10 reported pandemic stress was affecting their physical health in a negative way, and more than one in 10 had experienced thoughts of harming themselves. This support from Shoppers Drug Mart is more important—and more appreciated—than ever.”

The Royal Alexandra Hospital supports the Lois Hole Hospital for Women Cross-Provincial Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research, held by Dr. Dawn Kingston and her flagship work on the HOPE Digital Mental Health Platform. Originally an e-therapy tool designed to help women before, during and after pregnancy to better self-manage their mental health, the platform is reaching its third iteration and a notable upgrade—‘HOPE 3.0’ is designed to offer all the components of good mental healthcare.

The HOPE app--which has already helped over 3,500 women--first aimed to offer comprehensive mental health support (including screening, treatment, referrals, and e-therapy tools) for women in the perinatal stage. It is now expanding to offer support and tools for women across the entire life course, a very exciting development.

Proceeds from the registration fee for Edmonton-area participants go directly to the Lois Hole Hospital for Women. Since 2014, nearly $1.6 million has been raised for the Lois Hole Hospital for Women by the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women. Join in on the fun by signing up at RunForWomen.ca. Registration includes a Run for Women Finisher Swag Bag worth over $100, a Special Edition 10th Anniversary Technical T-Shirt, and Bracelet.