Mind vs Mountain
Mon Feb 13 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque Theatre MAP
Brent Seal and James Frystak will present their funny, challenging and inspiring journey to North America’s highest mountain – Denali (20, 310 ft). On June 10th, 2016, Brent became the first person in history living with schizophrenia to summit Denali. Schizophrenia is considered by the United Nations as one of the most debilitating diseases on the planet and most people diagnosed do not return to previous levels of functioning.
Brent and James, along with their climbing partner Clayton Matthews, summited Denali self-guided after 14 days on the mountain. None of them had been on the mountain before.
The MINDvsMOUNTAIN Denali presentation is one of overcoming the challenges in front of us - both physical and mental - and believing in the strength within ourselves and each other to push through the barriers, past
the resistance to pursue the wild dreams that make us come alive.
In 2007, Brent Seal was diagnosed with schizophrenia after a suicide attempt. This led him on a journey to get as fit and healthy as possible to never experience that level of struggle again.
Along the way, Brent transformed his life with the mountains which proved to be the most therapeutic form of healing. Since being diagnosed, Brent has graduated from Simon Fraser University as Valedictorian, run a number of ultramarathons and in 2016 became the first person in history living with schizophrenia to summit South America’s highest mountain (Aconcagua) and North America’s highest mountain (Denali). Brent is the Founder and CEO of one of Canada’s leading youth-led mental health social enterprises – Mavrixx. Mavrixx is dedicated to helping mental health reach the tipping point where mental health is openly talked about in society and is a priority for society’s leaders and decision makers.