- CMHA HKPR now accepting applications for the Tam Grant Memorial Bursary. The Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge and the Grant Family Estate are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for this year’s bursary. Access to educational programs is one way for individuals living with schizophrenia or other serious and persistent mental illnesses to realize their own potential. The Tam Grant Memorial Bursary seeks to encourage and support these individuals as they pursue higher education.Tam Grant was the son of the late Bill Grant, a local lawyer and municipal politician and his wife Margaret. He was a good student and popular with his peers. Tam played both hockey and basketball in high school and was active in Sea Scouts. Like his parents, Tam also enjoyed raising horses which was an intense family activity for many years. Curling and photography were the other two passions that rounded out this bright, funny and very musical individual.Unfortunately during Tam’s first year of university, he encountered problems dealing with the stress of exams. He took a year off and then went on to attend another university to see if the change would make a difference. Unfortunately, the problems continued and over the next several years Tam would be in and out of treatment. Tam was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia but sadly after years of struggling with his illness, in 1977 at the age of 32, Tam took his own life .The lack of community supports at the time frustrated and saddened Tam’s parents. It is for this reason that a bursary was created to assist young people living with schizophrenia or other serious and persistent mental illness to pursue post-secondary educational opportunities.Bursary Details:The maximum amount awarded annually is $1000.00. Bursaries are awarded each June, for Fall registration at a post-secondary institution.Application Deadline:All applications must be received by May 14th, 2014.For application instructions for this year’s TAM Grant Memorial Bursary please go to:http://www.cmhahkpr.ca/about-us/bursary/

 

- This year TAM was fortunate enough to send three of our members to the Active Minds Inc. 10th annual National conference in Washington, D.C. A weekend aiming to bring together Active Minds members from across the continent, the conference offered a series of workshops, keynote speakers, and discussion on mental health initiatives. TAM members had the opportunity to meet with the founder of Active Minds - Alison Malmon, as well as participate in the Stomp Out the Stigma walk.

 

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