Outrunning the Stigma Of Mental Health Challenges


We’ve got a great story about two locals doing good for mental health.  Jeremy West and Karlee Appel will lace up their running shoes and participate in a self-organized marathon called “Miles for Mental Health”.

Jeremy owns and operates a dress shirt company in Kelowna.  Being an entrepreneur is stressful, so Jeremy relies on activities like yoga and running to keep the brain clear. 

Karlee was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2018 and soon realized the huge stigma surrounding that. 

Jeremy and Karlee are both committed to raising awareness (and funds) for those who struggle with mental health challenges.  So, the pair will run 42 kilometres through the downtown starting at 6 tomorrow morning (Sept 1st).

GoFundMe page has been set up for Miles for Mental Health. The initiative has so far raised more than $7,000.  Proceeds will go towards the Drop the Puck Mental Health Charity Hockey Game and the Canadian Mental Health Association.

To find out more, you can also check out Karlee's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/karlee.appel