Brian’s road to wellness and mental health advocacy began with tragedy. At the height of his mental illness, Brian, who was coping with the symptoms of Schizophrenia by abusing drugs and alcohol, couldn’t get the help he needed. His life continued in a downward spiral eventually leading to the tragic death of his grandmother. After being found Not Criminally Responsible, Brian began rebuilding his life in honour of his grandmother. The right combination of medication and treatment served as the foundation of his recovery. He quickly became a model patient who was actively engaged in his own recovery as well as the recovery of his peers. Brian now has the tools to manage his mental health and is poised to make the most of his second chance at life. As an advocate, he shares his story of tragedy and recovery to raise awareness about serious mental illness and to honour his grandmother’s memory.