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VANCOUVER PROVINCE FEATURE – SANDI TRELIVING

For many, schizophrenia is a disorder we hear about peripherally. However, for Sandi Treliving, its personal. Sandi recently penned a piece in The Province speaking about her brother’s schizophrenia diagnosis.

“My brother David began showing signs of the illness when I was 7 and he was 17. There were run-ins with the law, his friends stopped coming by and, most frightening of all, there were violent outbursts,” writes Sandi. “Our family doctor put it down to ‘rebellious’ behaviour. It would take until David was in his 30s to get a proper diagnosis and get the antipsychotic medication he desperately needed.”

Her firsthand experience with mental illness is the reason she decided to volunteer at CAMH—where she would eventually become a Director of the Board for the CAMH Foundation and a founding funder of womenmind, a CAMH community of donors working to close the gender gap in mental health. To read the full article, click the link below.    

https://theprovince.com/opinion/sandi-treliving-we-must-be-able-to-speak-openly-about-mental-health-if-we-are-going-to-reduce-the-stigma

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