Mind Aid Quote: “Some countries have only 1 psychiatrist per 1 million people! There are over 270 million people in developing countries with no mental health care.” Matthew Dickson
There are many people out there who advocate for those with mental health issues, but not all of them lead by experience. On this episode of Authentic Living with Roxanne, we welcome Matthew Dickson who has suffered with his own mental health problems and now takes his lived experience to help those in developing countries receive the help that they so desperately need.
Matthew gave us so much great information that we are splitting this into two episodes, so be sure to tune in again next week for Part II.
Matthew is a Mental Health Advocate and the founder of Mind Aid. He works to help people in impoverished countries with no mental health care. His heart goes out to people in developing or war-torn countries who experience not only the torment of mental illness but the traumas of poverty or the horrors of war as well. It’s not fair. Some countries have only one psychiatrist per million people. They have no medications. No counselling. No support groups.
Listen to the podcast here: Mind Aid with Matthew Dickson (Part I)
Authentic Touch Points:
- How it all started. 2:30
- Not everyone has the same symptoms. 5:45
- Fighting through the feeling of overstimulation. 8:15
- Seeking help when needed. 12:15
- Finding the path to recovery. 14:00
- Sometimes you just get better. 17:00
- We’re so much more open about it now. 21:30
As someone who went through mental illness in one of the most advanced countries in the world, Matthew could not believe how painful mental illness is. Canada has some of the best mental health resources in the world. What some people go through in other countries is unthinkable. Matthew works to restore their hope, their dignity and help them to regain good mental health. He has successfully overcome schizophrenia, has bicycled across Canada, and has an engineering degree. He loves the outdoors, making people laugh, and dancing!
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Be sure to tune in again next week for Part II.