FACE Mental Illness

Face-to-Face with Steeve Hurdle

Steeve is a support worker at a homeless shelter in Sherbrooke, Québec where he helps people in need improve their lives. He has struggled with a serious mood disorder since he was very young. As he got older, his mood disorders took over his life and led to drug addiction. In the year 2000, he lived through a near fatal heroin overdose and realized that he needed to turn his life around. With the help of his doctor and the Dollard-Cormier Center in Montreal, he has learned how to live with dysthymia, a chronic mood disorder. With the support of his loving family, he copes with his illness by educating himself and sharing his experiences openly. He lives life with great enthusiasm and believes it is important to demonstrate compassion towards others who are dealing with similar experiences. He is always willing to listen to others and never misses a chance to raise awareness of the day-to-day challenges faced by people living with mental health issues. He is not afraid of standing up and advocating for others. For Steeve, Recovery is Possible.