Justin Trudeau visits Pathways Clubhouse and talks about mental illness

Justin Trudeau visited Pathways Clubhouse Thursday, where he spoke about his family
Justin Trudeau visited Pathways Clubhouse Thursday, where he spoke about his family's connection to mental health issues, and listed to locals speak about challenges facing people with mental illness.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Thursday's visit to Pathways Clubhouse wasn't an election visit for aspiring federal Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau.

He said he wasn't there to tell members of Pathways Clubhouse about what he knows about mental health issues—his mother,  Margaret, is bipolar—but instead wanted to hear about challenges facing the community from those who are a part of it, and those who work closely alongside them.

From unstable funding, to social stigmas around the mentally ill, to people simply not understanding that people with mental illness want to work too, Trudeau was there to listen to the roughly 60 people who squeezed into Pathway's boardroom.

Trudeau was in Richmond just last month, a day after announcing he was seeking to become leader of the federal Liberal Party.

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