Adam Grearson received a $1,000 bursary from the Canadian Mental Health Association for achieving a high level of education while living with schizophrenia.
Five other awards were also given out during the CMHA Annual General Meeting held at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre on Wednesday.
“I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression in 2009 and I worked through that through a series of supports and using structure, routine I can deal with that while taking medication and basically reducing the negative impacts of schizophrenia on my life,” said Grearson.
The night revealed new strategic plans for CMHA and shared celebration of their results over the last 12 months.
“There were six awards were presented over the evening including awards that recognize families supporting loved ones who are living with mental illness, an individual from the Kawartha Lakes who has achieved remarkable things in spite of his own adversity,” said Kerri Davies, manager from CMHA.
Rob Seguin received the Champion of Mental Health Award. His brother took his own life in 2016 which lead him to raise mental health awareness in the community. Seguin, who is the program director for Corus-owned radio stations 101.5 The Wolf and 100.5 Fresh Radio, raised the most amount of money at this year’s annual Ride Don’t Hide. The bike ride aims to promote mental wellness.
CMHA says its goal is to help to support a mentally healthy community with the right programs and services in place.
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