Moving mountains for mental illness

When asked to scale the tallest mountain in Africa to improve the quality of life for children struggling with mental illness, Bryce Wylde only had to think for a second.

“I’ll do it,” he said. “Count me in.”

Wylde is well known as one of Canada’s leading authorities on alternative medicine, as well as for his weekly television show on CP24 and his guest appearances on Dr. Oz. But he had never spoken publicly about a subject that is close to his heart.

“My family has been riddled with mental health issues,” Wylde admits. He watched his late father struggle his whole life and it left a lasting impact on how Wylde looks at life and health.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is very challenging and I ask him what he’ll be feeling the day he reaches the top. Will it be personal fulfillment, excitement and accomplishment?

Bryce grows silent and his eyes slowly fill with tears.

“That day I’ll be thinking about my Dad,” he says emotionally, “and the hope that other children will never have to go through what he did.”

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