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This event will help to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health issues. Volunteers from Treasures Charity Thrift Store and the Krasman Centre will host an information booth about mental illness and suicide prevention from 11am -3pm at the store. Information about suicide and suicide prevention, mental health disorders and local resources will be available. Overall, it is estimated that during 2012 for each adult who died of suicide there were over 20 others who made suicide attempts. The psychological pain that leads each of these individuals to take their lives is unimaginable. Suicide is complex with psychological, social, biological, cultural and environmental factors involved. Connectedness is crucial to individuals who may be vulnerable to suicide. Studies have shown that social isolation can increase the risk of suicide and, conversely, that having strong human bonds can be protective against it. Reaching out to those who have become disconnected from others and offering them support and friendship may be a life-saving act.



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“Let’s Talk”  about Mental Health

Community BBQ

Friday May 9, 2014 from 12 noon to 1:30 pm

Thanks to all who came out to our Community BBQ. We had a great time. The sky didn’t rain and the sun didn’t shine but there was a lot of light shed on Mental Health. Let’s keep talking to be sure that the topic of Mental Health is never in the shadows. Enjoy pictures of the day by Stephen Cohen.



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Let’s Talk  is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the myths and misconceptions that inform our attitudes and behaviours toward people living with mental health issues and to learn the facts.

One in five Canadians is dealing with a mental health issue everyday.  Mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression can interfere with activities of daily life but stigma and fear of discrimination prevent people from seeking and receiving treatment that can help.  Let’s talk about mental illness and raise awareness and reduce stigma.   Make mental health part of your everyday conversation.

Join us at Treasures Charity Thrift Store – 12 Levendale Road – for our 3rd Annual Community BBQ and learn about resources and help in our community.




On March the 14th, 2014 Olympian Clara Hughes embarked on a 110 day bike ride across Canada in order to raise awareness about mental health issues and to raise funds for mental health charities in every community.  Please follow Clara’s progress and consider donationg to our organization: Beginning Again Richmond Hill, the charity that operates Treasures Charity Thrift Store.  For your convenience secure online options are available and accessed by using one of the convenient  “Donate ”  links.    All cash donations will receive an official tax receipt.


March is …



Bring us all the stuff you have lying around at home

that you don’t know what to do with.

We do.


Coming up: 

National Mental Health Week  – May 5 to May 11, 2014

Mental Health Week  is an annual national event that takes place during the first week in May to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on
all issues relating to mental health.


Bell Let’s Talk About Mental Health Day- January 28, 2014

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Treasures talks about mental health everyday but when a special day dedicated to speaking up about mental health and related issues comes around we step it up a notch.

“Stigma against people with mental illnesses is oppressive and alienating; it prevents many from seeking help, denying them access to the support networks and treatment they need to recover. People experience stigma as a barrier that can affect nearly every aspect of life—limiting opportunities for employment, housing and education; causing the loss of family and friends. It can also affect self-image when one starts to believe the negative views held by others: also known as self-stigma. Reducing stigma requires a change in behaviour and attitudes—toward acceptance, respect and equitable treatment of people living with mental illnesses. Perhaps most important is for people to understand that mental illnesses are not anyone’s choice and that recovery is possible with appropriate treatment and supports. People can be helped even more if stigma can be overcome.”*

Talking is one of the best ways to break down the barriers associated with mental illness.  You can help by joining the conversation.

*Mental Health Commission of Canada


Mental Health Week 2012 – May 7 – 12 

The Treasures team takes Mental Health week very seriously.  We see it as an opportunity to continue our mission of creating mental health awareness and to celebrate recovery.  The photos below speak volumes about our commitment to speaking openly and candidly about mental illness.  Our President and Chair of the Board is Carol Thompson,  a tireless mental health advocate and an active volunteer at Treasures.

The following pictures illustrate the enthusiastic participation from our volunteers in Mental Health Week.






















25th Anniversary Celebration

Treasures was incorporated as a registered charity and open its doors back on February 1st, 1986.  For almost 26 years Treasures has been serving the Richmond Hill community selling gently used clothing, linens, house wares, books, jewellery and collectables at reasonable prices.  Treasures also provides a supportive workplace for individuals in mental health recovery to engage in meaningful and worthwhile work.

On February 1st, 2011 we celebrated this important milestone with our customers, our volunteers, our local politicians and the media.  A fine celebration it was!

Treasures volunteers and customers celebrated 25 years