Trigger warning: discussions of suicidal ideation/attempts.
Matthew Dickson biked across Canada - and proceeded to live with schizophrenia for 27 years before recovering from it. Matthew breaks stigma as he shares his personal experience living with the disease through early- to mid-adulthood, as well as the tools that helped him heal. Matthew also shares about his website, MindAid, which combines the resources of 10 different nonprofits that are using low-cost, proven effective, and scalable mental healthcare models for those in developing countries. This website is the first of its kind, as it simplifies multiple different tabs into just one, making these crucial sources more accessible to those in need of help.
Please check out MindAid to learn more or donate, where you can also find the links to follow all of Matthew's social media pages. All the books mentioned in this episode can be found here.
You can contact Matthew at email@example.com or pickmatthewsbrain.com.
Mentioned in this episode:
TEDTalk: Vikram Patel's "Why Don't We Care?"
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Matthew Dickson helps people with mental illness in developing countries so they can get access to basic mental health care through his Mind Aid platform.
Mind Aid acts as a hub that steers people towards organizations working for the cause. It is the first website of its kind in the world with all the groups working on the cause on one site (they are otherwise scattered across the web).
These organizations use models of basic mental health care that are low-cost, proven effective, and scalable.
Some of these organizations have been endorsed by Bill Clinton, Forest Whitaker, Arcade Fire, Ashley Judd, as well as Robin Williams's son, Zak Williams, and Tim Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics.
Matthew has successfully recovered from schizophrenia and has bicycled across Canada.