A Burnaby mother attempted a swim across English Bay Saturday morning to raise money and awareness for concurrent disorders.
Founder of the PARCY foundation Gerda Wever says she started the organization and decided to do the swim to promote a discussion around concurrent disorders.
“A lot of people don’t really know what concurrent disorders mean, so we are aiming to raise awareness of why they are really common in youth, where there are gaps in treatment options in youth, what happens if youth go undiagnosed or untreated, or ineffectively treated.”
Wever explains concurrent disorders are when a person has both a mental illness and substance abuse problem at the same time.
“60% of people who have a mental health problem also have substance abuse issues, and 60-90% of people who have substance abuse problems also have a mental health problem.”
Wever says an incoming freighter forced her to hop into a boat for a portion of the swim, but other than that she did completed the trek on her own and raised over twelve thousand dollars for concordant disorder research.