‘My Mental Illness Didn’t Stop Me’ - Raheman

Written by Andrea Marshall on . Posted in Homepage Blog

When Raheman was 16, he began experiencing hallucinations and paranoia.

He thought people had put implants in his head and uploaded his brain to a computer and could read his mind.

Raheman believed that, as a result of being bullied, kids at school were trying to poison him.

Quite frequently, this is his reality as a result of struggling with Schizophrenia.

He’s struggled with it for about 15 years now.

“I think others feel that way…that’s my reality, it’s scary,” Raheman said about his disorder.

Recently, he broke his computer. Fearful for his son’s health, his dad called the police and took him to the hospital. After that, he was admitted as a patient to Ontario Shores.

He is now 32 years old. Prior to his time here, he’s struggled with his mental health, having been admitted to several hospitals throughout the course of his teen and adult years.

“It’s not about getting rid of them now, it’s about living with them,” Raheman says of the debilitating voices and hallucinations he experiences.

Raheman is a quiet and soft spoken. He’s passionate about numbers and equations – he previously attended university for mathematics – which he hopes to finish one day. Raheman also has a website (https://sites.google.com/site/indigoboy83/) dedicated to his math and physics ideas.

The Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health has launched an awareness campaign to our local community and beyond. The campaign highlights five of our patients and their incredible stories of recovery, utilizing a variety of print and digital medium.

In recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week, our regular #5in5 – Five Recovery Stories in Five Days series will feature patients who are participating in the campaign.

We encourage you to support this initiative by sharing posts on Ontario Shores’ Facebook and Twitter pages using #FocusedOnRecovery.