Noodlebox staff, and Canadian Mental Health Association Mid Island board members and staff gather to watch CMHA Mid Island board chairwoman Maria Gomes accept a $2,761 cheque from NoodleboxPort Place general manager Terry Alfred. (Photo submitted)

Noodlebox staff, and Canadian Mental Health Association Mid Island board members and staff gather to watch CMHA Mid Island board chairwoman Maria Gomes accept a $2,761 cheque from NoodleboxPort Place general manager Terry Alfred. (Photo submitted)

Restaurant uses its noodles to help with mental health

Noodlebox Port Place raises $2,761 for Canadian Mental Health Association’s local chapter

Lunches at Noodlebox earlier this fall helped support important mental health programming.

Charity day at Noodlebox on Sept. 20 raised $2,761 for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mid Island chapter.

The local mental health association chapter said the money will go toward suicide prevention workshops and pilots of two new programs called Living Life to the Full for youths and older adults.

“Growing up I personally dealt with depression for many years,” said Terry Alfred, manager of Noodlebox Port Place, in a press release. “Unfortunately, at the time I wasn’t aware of programs being offered by CMHA to help with mental health issues. So being able to help a cause such as CMHA and raise awareness to the public that they are here to help is fantastic.”

The Live Life to the Full course consists of eight 90-minute sessions meant to introduce participants to techniques that can help them reduce stress, boost their mood, improve their motivation and problem-solving skills, and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.

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