Scores walk in support of mental health as 'Walking Wednesdays' kicks off for season

Scores walk in support of mental health as 'Walking Wednesdays' kicks off for season

Scores of walkers, the soles of their shoes painted blue, walked from Charles Clark Square to the Detroit River and back over the lunch hour Wednesday to support local mental health initiatives.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens led the way and was joined by Kelly Wolfe-Gregoire of Caesars Windsor and Claudia den Boer, the CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association of Windsor and Essex County.

The city and casino started the 1-KM Walking Wednesday initiative last year and this year are supporting the CHMA's Sole Focus Project, which is seeking to raise $500,000 to ease societal and financial burdens on those with mental health or addiction problems.

Participants in Wednesday's walk painted the soles of their shoes blue to support the campaign.

"One in five Canadians will personally experience a mental illness during their lifetime," said den Boer. "We are delighted to have Caesars Windsor and the City of Windsor as partners of our Sole Focus Project to bring much needed awareness and education about mental health to the community."

Organizers encouraged employees of downtown businesses to participate in the walk and encouraged them to come out next Wednesday as well.

"People can come out and just walk for their own well-being," said den Boer. "Bring a friend. Bring your family because we know those relationships are important. Having supportive networks is part of our mental wellness as well."