The long, hot, hazy days of summer are just on the horizon and it certainly appears that everyone’s calendars and thoughts are pre-occupied with graduations, committee meetings and annual general meetings before summer vacations commence. Many of us are endeavoring to clear our calendars and commitments in preparation for brief respites spent reconnecting with family and friends.
"You can’t beat the energy on that day. You feel invigorated and challenged.”
This is how Julie Murray describes her experience participating in the Charity Challenge at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. This will be Julie’s third year participating in the event and she is eager to get going.
As a Therapeutic Recreationist at Ontario Shores, raising money is not the first thing that Julie would do, however this has become a natural part of her desire to help support the mental health cause.
“I chose to get involved because I personally know clients who face difficulties daily and who struggle to recover from their mental illness. It has touched my own family,” shares Julie.
One problem with me is that for so long I hid, scared of the repercussions of society if I shared my true self - my inner being and thoughts.
When I first began to speak for TAMI (Talking About Mental Illness) back in university it was such a freeing experience. That's where I realized that sharing my voice gave others the opportunity to unveil from the darkness and shine their own light in the world. This realization was always short-lived but it was there nonetheless.