A Kitchener-based Social Worker is running a half-marathon in the fall in support of CameronHelps. What is different about his campaign is that he is writing a regular blog about his own mental health recovery during this training period.
Scott Grant has a Master’s Degree in Clinicial Social Work and supports individuals who have attempted suicide to live more safely. Scott works with a mental health organization that is a recognized leader in mental health, addiction, peer support and self-help. He also has a college diploma in Child and Youth Work, which is why his fundraising efforts centres around youth with varying mental health needs.
Even though his academic career is clinically based, Scott believes that mental health professionals must also be social and political advocates. He believes that mental health services are underfunded and is not relying on larger funding bodies/channels to fund the mental health causes he supports. He assumes responsibility for funding the services people need, and is going out and trying to make structural change.
“Throughout my journey, I will be measuring my depression, anxiety, medication use and weight. I am using this opportunity to fundraise for CameronHelps, Scott says. My blog is athttp://mentalhealthrunning.blogspot.ca/. Scott Grant’s donation site ishttp://www.gofundme.com/http-mentalhealt
Scott’s blog is called, Running from Pills, Pathology and Pizza. He says, “In a deliberate attempt to step out from mental health stigma, I invite others into his continued recovery. For a number of years, I have experienced mental illness. When my mental illness reached a critical point, I began learning about mental health recovery.”
He continues from his blog, “For a number of years I think I was waiting for that “cure” to completely remove my symptoms. I had this myopic view, despite working in mental health, that a psychiatrist, therapist or a pill would one day restore me back to pre-depression/anxiety. The individual who shared their story with me expressed that their journey through recovery was inspired when they realized that “nobody else was going to do this but themselves.”
I realized that nobody else, including professional help and medication, was going to wave a magic wand over me and remove my symptoms. One of my favourite mental health scholars, Pat Deegan, describes the process of recovery in the most eloquent of terms- recovery is not the process of becoming normal, rather it is the process of becoming uniquely human.
I think this insight into my own recovery journey, the one I am sharing publicly, really instills and contextualizes what I hope to get out of this process. My recovery is more than completing a half-marathon, rather the journey of training for this half-marathon serves to ignite the myriad of other strategies that will assist me in becoming uniquely human.”