On Oct. 14, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) hosted its second annual Peace of Minds Walk at Bayfront Park. Guests arrived early to register, grab a snack, and listen to speakers before the walk began.
“All the funds we raise go towards the crucial programs and services we offer that support individuals and families who are affected by schizophrenia and psychosis,” said Marina Sue-Ping, community and engagement coordinator.
After everyone arrived, the group gathered together, picked up their signs and walked around Bayfront Park to spread awareness.
Suzanne Archie, a psychiatrist, attended the walk and explained why schizophrenia is nothing to be ashamed of.
“There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about psychosis and how it affects people,” Archie said. “Walks like this can make it clear to the community that there are organizations supporting people with schizophrenia and to spread hope that people will recover and do well.”
Guest speaker Angela Jaspan opened up about her battle with schizophrenia in hopes of helping others with their own struggles.
“I’ve learned that the number one thing about going through something like this is the sense of community and the sense of not being alone,” she explained. “That is what makes the SSO and the Peace of Minds Walk so important.”
When the walk was finished, everyone gathered to eat pizza and end the day on a positive note.
Coordinators say they hope to have more walks in the future.
For more information on the SSO and the Peace of Minds Walk, visit their website at http://www.schizophrenia.on.ca/