Our 2023 Run for Women Community Champion!

Meet Anneliese Lawton, a mom of three young children, a bestselling author, an editor of a local magazine and St. Joe’s 2023 Shoppers Drug Mart® Run for Women Community Champion!

Along with juggling a busy family and work life, Anneliese also lives with mental illness. After two high-risk traumatic pregnancies, she struggled with life-threatening postpartum depression. When the pandemic hit and she became pregnant with her third child, she was referred to St. Joe’s Women’s Health Concerns Clinic for help.

Run for Women Community Champion Anneliese Lawton sits in her living room on a yellow armchair.

Today, Anneliese is giving back to the Hospital that supported her when she was in crisis by participating in the local Run for Women on June 17 at Confederation Park.

She’s inviting other St. Joe’s supporters to walk, run, and raise funds for women’s mental health and addictions care at the Hospital, so that other women in our community will have access to the expert care they may need.

Read more about Annie’s mental health journey in The Hamilton Spectator or watch this clip on CHCH News.

How Your Support Helps

The Shoppers Drug Mart® Run for Women is the largest event series in Canada dedicated to women’s mental health, and St. Joe’s is grateful to be the beneficiary of the run for six years running.

Since then, the event has raised more than $450,000 for women’s mental health and addictions care at St. Joe’s, with a goal to raise an additional $150,000 this year. As the regional lead for mental health and addictions care in Ontario West, St. Joe’s serves a population of more than 1.4 million people in Hamilton, across Brant and Haldimand counties, throughout Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara, and into Burlington and Waterdown, too.

From emergency mental health care for those in crisis, to substance use programs for youth and adults, St. Joe’s offers a full spectrum of mental health and addictions care. That means that whether someone is living with an eating disorder or bi-polar disorder, depression or dementia, St. Joe’s is here to help.

To learn more about the mental health resources available at St. Joe’s, visit the Hospital’s website.