The Lethbridge Herald
Thursday A, Thursday, March 6, 2008, p. a4

Today's SACPA session to discuss homeless, mental illness

Wiebe, Jeff

Lethbridge Herald

If Austin Mardon had not strictly adhered to his treatment regime of antipsychotic medication, he believes he could have easily ended up on the street.

Mardon, a Lethbridge native and U of L graduate, will speak today at the weekly meeting of the Southern Alberta Council for Public Affairs on the subject of homelessness and mental illness.

Between 35 per cent and 75 per cent of homeless people have at least one serious mental illness. More than 80 per cent of those with schizophrenia do not take their meditation consistently, resulting in recurring illnesses. Mardon will discuss ways to reach those suffering from serious mental illness and its connection to homelessness. As a diagnosed schizophrenic, Mardon will be speaking from experience.

The SACPA forum will run from noon to 1 p.m. in the lower level of The Keg, located on Mayor Magrath Drive South. The cost is $10 and includes lunch.

Austin Mardon, CM
Telephone: 1-780-378-0063
Post Office Box 1223, Main Post Office,
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