Many of you have heard the statistics that in any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction problem.
My brother Scott is one of them.
At 16 years of age, Scott commenced his battle with depression and started to self medicate with alcohol. He knew right away that alcohol was going to be a problem and so began his addiction. During his years at University Scott drank heavily in an effort to suppress the depression and in his words had to "hold onto the bedpost" to stop himself from taking his life.
At the age of 31, Scott met Jane, the love of his life. Scott knew that he "better not screw this up" and stopped drinking. Scott continued riding the roller coaster of talk therapy, medication changes and suicidal thoughts for another 30 years.
At the age of 61, feeling hopeless, Scott arrived at CAMH where he was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. With the support of an incredible team of Doctors, undergoing various treatments including ECT, participating in many sessions with psychiatrists and phycologists and making adjustments to his mediations, Scott is finally feeling that life is worth living.
I am participating in the Sunrise Challenge to thank CAMH for caring for my brother, to give more people like Scott, the help they deserve and to support much needed research into Mental Illness and Addiction.
Please donate here today or join my team, The New Day Brigade so we can give more people the opportunity to see another sunrise.