Testimonials

Recently, we participated in a community 5k run/walk for chiropractic research and education. We were a group of consumer/survivors integrated into the greater community and participating in a cause. On finishing the event, many of us met our personal goals, but more than that, there was a true sense of accomplishment.

Personally, I feel that I have accomplished more than just having finished this walk. I now have a better understanding of what it means to seize the day.

I like the people and the challenge of running. I like the social side of it too and the fact that people are doing something to help themselves and not just complaining about everything.

Wellness in physical and mental health go together.

Coming to the walks is good and refreshing.

I have seen PhACS change lives of many.

I discovered PhACS while a patient at CAMH 4 years ago. I found one of the PhACS flyers in one of the Units where I was receiving treatment. At the time I was early in my recovery and financially broke, isolated and extremely depressed and anxiety ridden. I thought the description of the PhACS group to be something that may help me socialize and to help keep physically fit and help in my recovery.

I found the members at PhACS to be extremely supportive and understanding of someone like myself. There was no pressure to do anything that I did not want to do. It was a completely relaxed atmosphere and was just what I needed at the time in my recovery. It took me a while to attend PhACS on a regular basis as my recovery was still having its ups and downs. But I realized PhACS was always accepting of me and welcomed me back from any setbacks that I went through.

I have had a very successful recovery time in the last 2 years and I credit PhACS with being a major contributor in that success. I help out with the group in a Treasurer role, and really enjoy the participation with the members of PhACS. It is valuable for me to help contribute to the group that helped me so much in my recovery and I, in turn, get a lot out of helping out.

In the mean time, I have used PhACS as a springboard to other ‘peer supports’ endeavours that I am involved in and hope to continue in the field of peer support as a second career. I am grateful to PhACS for all it has provided for me.

PhACS is beneficial to my health, because it gets me to exercise outdoor since 2004.

It inspires me to socialize, and to find and make the time to exercise.

I feel happy and content about me, and more fit when I exercise. I feel proud to walk and support my family. I know I can do something in the city, and it is free!

It inspires me to socialize, and to find and make the time to exercise.

I have been a person who has always believed in a healthy and fit lifestyle can help balance the effects of mental illness. It is a way to help myself and others to have a more positive life. In the 1980s, I was told not to work out and not to bother to try. I was told I would not lose weight. I felt I could put things off like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, which are side effects of my weight gain due to medication.

I like the people and the challenge of running. I like the social side of it too, and the fact that people are doing something to help themselves and not just complaining about everything. I meet other people who are working, going to school, etc. I feel I am not alone in my ideas about health and wellness.

I have a chance to use my experience as an athlete to help others and myself. I have now experienced running in several races. I am hoping to be able to do the same with swimming, helping others to learn how to swim and benefit from the activity.

I feel stronger physically and mentally when I exercise regularly. It gives me a purpose to go further in my life and to reach my goal.

I just started getting involved with PhACS and already feel ready to go for the walks and continue to do so.

I enjoyed meeting half my goal, and next year I hope to run a 21k half marathon.

The more I walk during the week, the more energy I have… and sleep better.

I participated in the 2006 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 5k walk/run event with my father, and felt the joy of being active with kindred spirits. I experienced the effort, challenge and determination it takes to reach my goal.

I also walk with the group on Sunday to benefit from the outdoor exercise and socialize with friendly people. I find it therapeutic as it uplifts my mood and replenishes my energy.

The group has helped me put a foot forward in my life, and since 2005, has motivated me to get back into my walking routine.

I am grateful to PhACS for the opportunity to improve my life… and appreciate the group’s continuous support!