After a successful Mental Health Camp Vancouver ’09, towards a MHC ’10

I am SO honored, SO proud and SO delighted at the amazing response we had from the community at large in regards to Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2009! Last night, Isabella and I were talking on the phone checking last minute details about MHC ’09. We were meticulously going over every detail, and at some point, we just were amazed at the fact that exactly two months ago, we had just finished the panel “Coping Digitally” at Northern Voice ’09.

Many people have asked me how did we come up with the idea of Mental Health Camp. If my memory serves me right, Isabella and I were passing each other “paper tweets” and discussing the possibility of creating a MHC. After all, we both were Organizers of the Vancouver Blogger Meetup (I’m the current one and Isabella is my predecesor). We both were well-known and connected in the community. Isabella is an expert on mental health issues. I am a fairly decent event organizer and social media person. And we loved the idea of collaborating on a project together. We both felt incredibly inspired by the early work of Sparkling Amber who organized the panel, and by each and every one of the participants of Coping Digitally.

Two months, countless tweets, emails, phone calls and many hours spent organizing, negotiating details of catering (thanks to BC Mental Health Foundation for their amazing support and a huge THANK YOU to LunchBox for their very generous gift/discount -the food was extraordinary!), Isabella and I met at 7:50am this morning just outside WorkSpace. The first phrase we said was “ok! the day is finally here! we ARE in business! Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2009 is happening, really happening!”

To my volunteers, especially Caroline, Air, John, Erica, Adrienne, Jennifer and Gus – love you guys SO much! You made my and Isabella’s lives SO much easier.

To Cathy Browne, the official Media Liaison and Public Relations Concierge of Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2009, thank you SO much! Twenty years of experience in the PR field are definitely noticeable. Without you, we couldn’t have handled media relations and PR, and your wisdom was incredibly helpful. Also, you kept both Isabella and myself sane! Smart PR firms in Vancouver should feel excited to have you work for them in the PR field!

To WorkSpace, words are not enough to thank you, Dane and Greg. You rocked our world. Your generosity and friendship is truly valued.

In addition to the great support of the BC Mental Health Foundation for their generous donation towards lunch, I have to give a huge shout-out to LunchBox, the official caterers of Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2009. The food was amazing, and we are incredibly grateful for the generous discount gift you gave us. Thank you!

To the amazing participants and presenters we had, thanks SO much for sharing, for keeping an open mind, for discussing ideas in such a thoughtful and kind and loving way.

And with that, I bid you good night. It was a wonderful day! And yes, you guessed right. There WILL be a Mental Health Camp Vancouver 2010!

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Comments (5)

JonApril 25th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Great job Raul, and a cause that needs this kind of attention!

isabella moriApril 26th, 2009 at 10:41 am

it was a great, great experience. i’m already wondering what else we could work on together :)

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ZoeyjaneApril 26th, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I’m so happy you both did this, for both selfish reasons and the fact that, what, 9 cities now are looking to replicate it? Out and proud or not, talking is good. It was wonderful, thank you.

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