A Calgary man determined to shed the stigma of mental illness has created a charity event. Inspired by the memory of his brother-in-law and his adoration for the Calgary Stampeders, Clym Atkin is putting on a tailgate party.
Atkins’ tailgate party will be held at the Calgary Stampeders Western Final on Nov. 19. He’s calling the event Huddle Up for Suicide Prevention and proceeds from the tickets go towards the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
Joy Pavelich with CMHA said such events are reminders about suicide awareness.
“For us, it’s impossible to quantify how powerful this is, to have someone do something so heartfelt with their individual story,” Pavelich said. “High-profile events create a space for people to feel comfortable to share and [grants them] permission to reach out.”