Strides of Hope raises awareness
Walk participants leave for the Strides of Hope through downtown Camrose in support of World Schizophrenia Day on Thursday. Josh Aldrich/Camrose Canadian
About 15 purple-clad people took to the Camrose streets on Thursday last week for the first Strides of Hope walk.
The walk was held by the local branch Schizophrenia Society of Alberta on World Schizophrenia Day and raised $800 to support their peer support program.
"Peer support is defined as one-on-one help and then also when several people come in at a time you can give each other peer support, but mainly it is being here readily available for our clients to help them along the way with issues," said adult peer support coordinator Anthony Holler.
The walk was also an important tool to raise awareness for the organization and to reduce the stigma of the schizophrenia.
"It wasn't a bad turnout for the first annual, we're going to build on it for next year," said Holler. "We wanted to create awareness and help support families and help families connect with other families."
For more information about the society go to www.schizophrenia.ab.ca or contact Holler at 780-679-4280.