Kris Dube, Welland Tribune:

Syed Mustafa says he owes his life to various mental health and addiction services in Niagara. The 52-year-old had it all as recently as three years ago — a loft apartment in downtown Toronto, and income from two jobs rolling in. Suffering from bipolar disorder, he also masked depression with alcohol and cocaine, and eventually saw it all fall apart as his gambling addiction drew him to the region, going all-in several nights a week at the casinos in Niagara Falls. He hit rock bottom and ended up in the psychiatric ward at St. Catharines hospital after what he describes as a “depressive episode.”

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