Three short-listed organizations keen on seeing as many projects come to reality had their chance to pitch their proposals to trustees of the Awesome Foundation on Thursday, but it was the Lambton Mental Wellness Centre’s idea of a screening of the Disney Pixar “Inside Out” film at the Sarnia Library Theatre that walked away with its $1,000 “no strings” funding.
As a result of the funding, the event is now scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, 2016, which is during March break.
“Our ultimate goal is to decrease the stigma attached to mental health and about people who live with mental health concerns.”—Kari Roos, Lambton Mental Wellness Centre.
Kari Roos, who presented to the Awesome Foundation trustees, had originally hoped to have the showing on Family Day, but city buses aren’t running that day and organizers wanted to make it as easy as possible for people to attend.
“Inside Out” is an animated feature that was first released last summer. The “feelings” are the stars of the movie as they help a young girl who has moved to another community deal with the emotional roller coaster she is riding.
As well as securing screening rights to the film—there is a fee to show it due to copyright—organizers are renting the Sarnia Public Library Theatre and having an assortment of healthy snacks at the showing.
There will also be a panel of mental health specialists speaking at the event, with opportunities for families and friends to seek out information from the Canadian Mental Health Association, St. Clair Child & Youth, Victim Services and other groups, including the local Suicide Prevention Committee.
“Our ultimate goal is to decrease the stigma attached to mental health and about people who live with mental health concerns,” says Roos.
“People don’t always understand how stressful it is to have things going on in your head when you don’t understand yourself,” says Roos. “There is an obvious need to talk about emotions and mental health, and we hope to expand on that with this showing.”