Silver Dinner 2014 with Neil Pasricha
Our 2014 Silver Dinner with Guest Speaker Neil Pasricha (author of the Book of Awesome series) was a huge success! We even filled the room to capacity. We’ll be updating this page with some highlights from the dinner shortly, but in the meantime, please do have a look at our photos from the dinner and take a look at our 2014 HMC/Silver Dinner video above.
About the Silver Dinner
The Silver Dinner originally started in 1987 as the “President’s Luncheon” and evolved into the “Silver Dinner” by 2006. Each year the event was held at The Four Seasons in Toronto featuring keynote speakers who talked about their personal experiences with mental health issues. As a result of a “sold out” event at the 2009 Silver Dinner, in 2010 the Silver Dinner was moved to The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Each year over 600 guests gather to have a great time and support mental health and addictions research. The Silver Dinner is an annual event and funds are raised for mental health and addiction research and education across Canada. It is also an opportunity to build awareness and share motivational success stories of people living with mental health issues.
Why Mental Health Research and Education Matter
- Mental Health Issues Affect Everyone: In any given year, one in five Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem. Nearly 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year–an average of 11 suicides a day. For each death by suicide there are as many as 100 suicide attempts (1).
- Mental Health & Stigma: 42% of Canadians are unsure whether they would socialize with a friend who has a mental illness (1).
- Mental Health Issues Cost Canadians: 9,344 hospitalizations in Ontario alone are due to suicide attempts with an average length of stay of 6.7 days. Average cost per suicide is $849,878.00 (2).
- Research Is Key To Recovey: Better treatment, services and cures that lead to recovery can only be found through research (3).
1. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – 2.Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council – 3.Healthy Minds Canada