Marathon doubles as march against stigma

Resident will walk against prejudice of those with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses

On Sunday, our Champions 4 Hope team from the Victoria branch of the B.C. Schizophrenia Society will be walking and running in the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon to help raise funds for our programs. Our local office is doing pioneering work in the area of mental health. I was proud to be part of the Your Recovery Journey Workshops, a national pilot project and an Island first, that taught a radical message of hope and endless possibilities for those with mental illnesses. Our peer support services at the society tap into the infinite potential of experience to heal and transform.

But I will also be on a private mission. With every step, I will try to stomp out that stigma that imprisons us, letting the world know that we are here, we have value and that we deserve the same chance for health and happiness as anyone else.

Doreen Marion Gee

Victoria

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