Sandy Naiman is a writer, a blogger, a broadcaster, a teacher, and an inspiration to those who are working towards creating a more just society.
Sandy Naiman is an advocate for those living with mental illnesses, and is, herself, in recovery. She won the Courage to Come Back Award in 1998.
Sandy Naiman is also my friend and one of the bravest people I know. Sandy lives her life out loud, never shying away from tough subjects. For thirty years, she wrote for The Toronto Sun. Now, she has a blog for the Toronto Star called Coming Out Crazy. It is inspired, inspiring, and offers insights into the world of mental illnesses and the professions and cultures that have sprung up around them.
Sandy is currently off with a bug. And if it were any other week, I’d wait to single her out for her extraordinary contributions to Toronto, Canada and the world – and make no mistake, she is deeply respected around the world. But this week is Mental Illness Awareness Week and I could think of no greater way to mark the week than by celebrating Sandy Naiman.
Sandy, thank you for your courage and for your unwavering belief in tomorrow. You are, as you have always been, ahead of your time, writing about topics long before they are mainstream or even accepted. You are ahead of the curve and a bastion of sanity whenever the world turns upside down.