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Local police officer supports community mental health

KIM COULTER, Communications Specialist, Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation

KAWARTHA LAKES: Police Officer Jon Perrin knows mental health is as important as physical health. When you’re feeling unwell, it’s important to seek help. Officer Perrin suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is grateful for the support he’s received since reaching out to a family member.

To help others through difficult times and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, Officer Perrin began sharing his experiences through blogs, poetry, a book and video posts on his Facebook page, ‘Living with a Mental Illness,’ and podcast ‘Twisted Trauma.’

Officer Perrin also intends to support local mental health care with donations to community organizations, including the Ross Memorial Hospital Mental Health program.

Today, Officer Jon Perrin presented a cheque for $2,500 to Erin Coons, RMH Foundation CEO.

“This gift does more than support mental health care at the Ross,” said Erin Coons. “Through his efforts, Jon is enhancing care throughout the community, encouraging those in need to reach out, and focusing on his own mental health. We’re honoured to receive this donation and help Jon help so many others.”

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