Schizophrenia, a serious mental illness, affects 300,000 Canadian men and women with equal frequency. It most often appears in men in their late teens or early twenties, and women in their late twenties or early thirties. It impairs the ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions and relate to others. It may induce loss of contact with reality. No single, simple course of treatment yet exists.
Schizophrenia Community Radio gives voice to individuals living with schizophrenia, to their family caregivers and families, and to their healthcare and social services providers.
The broadcasts are archived to support research into schizophrenia, the challenges it creates, and the support it needs.
Sharing experiences tells individuals, their families and family caregivers that they are not alone. Sharing trustworthy, understandable and useful information gives hope that recovery from mental illness is possible with the support of a caring community.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
In January 2010 Dr. Gordon Atherley became Host of VoiceAmerica’s successful internet radio talk show, Family Caregivers Unite. In July 2015 he was appointed by the Schizophrenia Society of Canada as Executive Producer of Schizophrenia Community Radio, which replaces Family Caregivers Unite. “Schizophrenia Community Radio is where I use all that I learned from the community of family caregivers”, he says, “for the benefit of the schizophrenia community.”
He holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 90 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.