Rachel Beazley - 2017 Face of Mental Illness
Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) 2017
Rachel’s journey with mental illness began when she was diagnosed with OCD, Tourette Syndrome, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder at the age of seven, followed by additional diagnoses of ADHD and Depression more recently. Despite numerous barriers along the way, Rachel has remained driven to learn about the conditions and commit to recovery. She began her advocacy work in high school by making presentations to staff and students about mental health and mental illness stigma. At 18, she has brought her passion for advocacy to the University of Winnipeg. Rachel was a delegate for Jack Summit 2017, sits on the WRHA Youth Mental Health Advisory Council, and is a Worth Living ambassador. In 2016, Rachel expanded her advocacy platform to Instagram (@ThisIsTheDay_EndStigma) and a personal website. She has published a book about her experience with mental illness and its associated stigma. Her goal is to bring meaningful education about mental health and illness into Canadian classrooms.
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