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The Asante Centre (governed by the FASD Society for BC) has joined Clara’s Big Ride to raise awareness of mental health! Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes is biking across Canada to help reduce the stigma, and you can help.
Did you know that up to 90% of adults with FASD have a mental health disorder? Living with an invisible disability in itself can cause concerns such as anxiety and depression, but research tells us that people with FASD are already predisposed to mental illness as a result of their prenatal alcohol exposure. Many individuals have multiple disorders, and may often present concerns starting in early childhood. Individuals with ASD and other complex developmental disorders also have higher rates of mental illness, though there is much speculation on the reasons behind this correlation.
A majority of Asante Centre clients live with mental health concerns as part of their invisible disability, and benefit from the support we are able to offer to assist them in reaching their full potential. We strive to increase understanding of mental health concerns as well as to develop resources and programs that show promise in helping individuals with mental health concerns thrive!
Consider supporting our work through Clara’s Big Ride! Donations made by April 11th have the potential to be matched dollar for dollar, so seize the opportunity today to double your gift! Then spread the word by sharing the invitation on the Asante Centre's Facebook or Twitter pages!
For more details, click on the event link.