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Christopher Tidman

My Name is Christopher Tidman, I am a 44 year old male, who has struggled with multiple mental health issues for over a decade now. My acute anxiety, partial psychosis and borderline personality disorder crippled my life until February 2013.

Since then I have embarked on a recovery process. Work and completion of my GED (high school equivalency) is just the beginning of my budding new life. I weighed nearly 300 pounds as a result of over medication and lack of exercise due to anxiety and agoraphobia. I allowed a friend to encourage me into the gym. Good eating and strong determination helped me to lose 92 pounds over the next 16 months, as well as releasing endorphins from the exertion of each workout. The owner of Anytime Fitness, the gym I joined, has nominated me for the prestigious “top transformation 2014 North America award”.

I managed to reduce my medications to significant enough a level, that I was able to win the bronze division of the Ontario 8-ball championships held this past March 2014. My new found confidence has also allowed me to facilitate a recreational group every Friday for CMHA at the YMCA. I have been accepted at the Conestoga College for the accredited social service worker program.

My journey continues on a daily basis and the help I receive from family, friends, doctors, counsellors and CMHA staff, allows me to grow and have a safety net for when I fall back a bit. I have many blessings in my life and I am grateful for all the help I received and CMHA is as much responsible as any other support for my progress and success.... Thanks everyone, I now have my life back.

Chris Tidman