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Annual Peace of Minds Walk Takes to Toronto Streets to Raise Awareness for Schizophrenia

For Immediate Release – May 6, 2015 – Toronto – Communities across Ontario will rally together throughout the month of May to walk in support of individuals, friends, neighbours and family members living with schizophrenia and psychosis while raising funds for the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO). Walks in Toronto, Oakville, Guelph and Renfrew County will fall on National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day (NSPAD) on May 24.To find out more about NSPAD click here.

Stigma and discrimination impacts people living with schizophrenia and is a barrier to education, employment, accessing health services and housing.  The Peace of Minds Walk is a public statement that brings hundreds of supporters to the streets of downtown Toronto to draw awareness to an illness that affects over 135,000 Ontarians.

In its 22nd year, this event has raised over $1 million for much needed services, supports and research while educating the public and fighting for the rights of people living with mental illness.

What:                   2015 Peace of Minds Walk

When:                  May 24, 2015
                             Registration: 11:00 a.m.
                             Walk: 1:00 p.m.

Where:                 Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON 

Featuring:             Troy Sexton, dancer and motivational speaker as emcee
                             Remarks by Mary Alberti, CEO, SSO
                             Christine Walter, author and SSO spokesperson will speak about her lived experience
                             with schizophrenia

Performances by:  Jerry Jerome and the Cardelles, Goin’ Steady DJ’s and Scarborough Pipe and Drums

Additional walks are being held in Oakville, Renfrew County, Guelph, Ottawa and St. Catharines; for more information and to register, please visit


Media contact: Amanda White, Communications Officer, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, 416 449 6830 x 257

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses. The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is a province-wide charitable organization that provides a range of support services; education initiatives; awareness, information and knowledge building programs; advocacy; youth-oriented programming and a diverse research program with both funded independent studies and in-house research; all geared to breaking down stigma and improving the quality of life for individuals who are living with schizophrenia and psychosis and their families and caregivers.