May 3 kicks off the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from May 3-9.

It is a national event promoted through the Canadian Mental Health Association.

This is the 70th year of promoting the importance of highlighting mental health awareness which means the CMHA has been sharing the message about mental health and the need to eliminate the stigma surrounding it since 1951.

It is apparent that in 2020/21 the need to recognize our mental health is more important than ever before. 

So for the first time and in conjunction with the week, FCSS is doing holding a fun event called, The Cochrane Scavenger Hunt.

However, what is really great is the event will be open for the entire month of May and wrapping up with prize draws being held at the end of May.

Kristen Immel, Community Liason, and Programmer with FCSS says the goal of the Cochrane Scavenger Hunt is for residents to get out and explore while they learn about the community.

The hunt promotes getting outside, getting some fresh air, and having fun. It is also something different to take people's minds off of the ongoing pandemic while allowing them to work towards a challenge and achieve a sense of belonging and awareness of the community.

Cochrane FCSS has created two different scavenger hunt options that residents of all ages and abilities can take part in.

The first option is the Downtown Scavenger Hunt in which people can explore the historic downtown and all the unique businesses and great people that are there.

The second option is the Adventure from Anywhere Scavenger Hunt. This hunt allows residents to explore their own neighbourhood or community to discover and learn about the hidden treasures that can be found there. That may also mean discovering or rediscovering great neighbours and friends from a safe social distance. 

Aside from the fun of searching for items to check off your list on the hunt, you can then enter your completed list of finds to win prizes at the end of May.

For complete details on the Cochrane Scavenger Hunt, go to, Instagram @townofcochrane, Facebook @CochraneFCSS(Cochrane Programs Activities & Opportunities), email You can also drop off entries at the FCSS office located at 209, 2 Ave. W.

It is all about supporting mental health by exploring, enjoying, discovering, and having fun in the beautiful community that we all live in.