May 4, 2014 3:37 pm

Hundreds run in support of women’s mental health

MONTREAL – Despite the wet and muddy weather, hundreds pounded the pavement on behalf of women at Parc Jean-Drapeau Sunday.

The first annual “Pharmaprix Run for Women” kicked off in hopes of raising awareness and funding for mental health programs at the MUHC to help women suffering from either depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and reproductive cycle difficulties, or other illnesses.

Research shows that one in four women will experience some form of depression in their lifetime.

WATCH: Melanie Joly on mental health

“We need money desperately,” said Dr. Nadia Szkrumelak, medical director of MUHC Mental Health Mission.

“We need to advance knowledge in the subject.”

She added that women are three times more likely to suffer from depression than men.

At this year’s first annual event mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau and Montreal politician Mélanie Joly kicked off the 5K and 10K walks/runs.

WATCH: Margaret Trudeau on mental health

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