The closing key note address at the 2015 CMHA Ontario Division conference was given by iconic musician and mental wellness advocate, Steven Page. Page is a co-founder of the Barenaked Ladies and is now leading a successful solo career. Page shared his personal mental health challenges and triumphs with conference delegates with stories and performances of songs he has written about his journey. He spoke on the importance of recognizing the uniqueness of each person’s path to recovery, emphasizing that persistence in getting the right treatment is something that takes time.
Page shared his story in an effort to break down barriers for people to get the help they need, through a powerful message of hope based on lessons he has learned throughout his life. With his closing keynote, Page sent participants back to their communities feeling motivated to continue striving for CMHA’s objective of reducing stigma through education, informative conversation and providing programs that take a person-centered approach to recovery.
CMHA Ontario thanks Steven Page for sharing his story through humour, honesty, and the power of music!