Every year, December 6thmarks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day, we pause, not only for the 14 women who died on that horrible day in 1989, but for all Canadians to reflect on the impact of violence against women in our society.
50% of women who have experienced violence have also had a mental health diagnosis. The risk of developing depression, PTSD, substance-abuse issues, or becoming suicidal is three times higher for women who experience violence. (The Canadian women’s Foundation)
As a compassionate and respectful providers of care to our mothers, sisters and daughters, Humber River Hospital invites care teams to ‘step up’ with our community in support of these brave survivors.
Starting today, staff, physicians and volunteers are encouraged to donate new or gently-used shoes in collection boxes located throughout the hospital. On December 6th, all shoes collected will be assembled into a powerful display along the Portals of Care. Shoes and hand written messages of support will also be donated to women’s shelter nearby.
In addition, at noon that day, Ama Amponsa, a proud and long-time resident of the Jane and Finch community will also share her story about Violence, Women & Health Care with all in the Auditorium.
Take the pledge online, December 6th By taking the pledge, and asking our friends and family to do the same, we are ‘stepping up’ to show our support for victims, survivors, and for those affected by violence.