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The third Models for Mental Health event that was organised by Lily DeYoung and Shawna Coleman and held at Summer Street Industries Sunday afternoon has managed to raise nearly $20,000.

The money will provide the much needed funding for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia that the foundation says will help change the way people think. Starr Dobson, the CEO and president of the Mental Health Foundation was the emcee for the event.

Dobson is thrilled by the event wherein 27 models that took part. Approximately 300 people attended the event and according to the CEO they were present at the event because they wanted to be present at the event and wanted to talk openly about mental health, mental illness and addictions.

The nearly $20,000 in funding was raised in a matter of just two hours and Dobson describes it as a huge achievement as it will go a long way into supporting mental health programming in Pictou County. She says she’s proud of her hometown and loves coming back, particularly when it involves a sizeable cheque to support mental health.

The even featured fashions from In Mint, New Beginnings and Gail’s Fashions, as well as a spoken word interlude from North Nova Education Centre Grade 12 student Cameron Smith, who shared her experience with mental illness.

DeYoung was glad they had local consignors on board for the event, as well as a young voice in Smith, adding that youth are “the hope for the future for us.”

“Being supportive of mental health should never go out of fashion.”

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