Man with schizophrenia first to cycle across Canada

A Canadian man has completed an incredible journey across our country to raise funds and awareness for schizophrenia. Matthew Dickson has made it to the Atlantic Ocean and has become the first man with the mental illness to cycle through Canada. The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta says around 44,000 Albertans are currently living with the brain disorder. Video Journalist Micah Quinn caught up with Dickson to talk about his cross-country adventure.

Matthew Dickson says one of the first things he did following his bike ride across Canada was to contact the Canadian Museum of History to see if they would be interested in putting his bike on display. 

According to the Government of Alberta schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that can affect your ability to think clearly, manage your emotions, and interact with others. Most individuals who have it deal with hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.

The Schizophrenia Society of Alberta provides help for people who are dealing with the illness including right here in Lethbridge. 

Dickson told us that he has a couple of upcoming projects in the works to showcase his cross-Canada trip to the public.

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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