The intention of AHandUp.ca is to build a resource to help understand homelessness, addictions and mental illness in vulnerable populations across Canada. It is for both professionals and consumers.
Rick Couchman shares a wealth of understanding and experience in the social sciences, including:
- a BA double majoring in psychology and sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University
- 8 years as a caseworker in Ontario Works
- 4 years as an outreach coordinator with hard-to-employee clients within Ontario Works
- a stint as an outreach manager with the Canadian Mental Health Association
- several years as a supportive housing outreach coordinator with The Bridges at the Cambridge Shelter in Galt, ON
- several years as a supportive housing worker for disadvantaged, homeless youth for Cambridge Kiwanis Non-Profit Housing
- had a six-month contract as an online communications specialist with a regional health unit.
Rick uniquely brings vast lived experience with severe, medication-resistant depression and general anxiety disorder. He has been hospitalized a dozen times for the affliction, including a couple suicide attempts. He has also tried ECT and rTMS procedures in the past 6 years, as well as numerous CBT and DBT therapies over the past decade.
Rick is married, with a wife Sherry and two awesome kids in their 20s, living in Cambridge, Ontario.