Shining A Light On Mental Health

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health illness at some point in their life.  With this week being National Mental Health Awareness week, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences is encouraging people to learn, talk, and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.

“Since first sharing my experience with anxiety, depression and bullying.  My life has continued to change for the better.”

What a difference a year can make!  Chelsea Lall is on the road to recovery since spending 6 months at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health to get the help she needed.

“When I first came here, I was isolated from people. But the kids I met on the unit and the staff, they allowed me to find a part of me that I had hid away for so long because of my mental illness.  They helped me find myself essentially.”

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences CEO and President, Karim Mamdani says many mental health issues are treatable.

“There’s nothing more chilling to people is when someone doesn’t understand or thinks it’s something you can get over. It’s an illness like any other physical illness. It requires intervention and there are ways you can help people through it. Being aware, empathetic and knowing what sort of resources available in the community and directing people to those resources.”

This week Ontario Shores plans to share more stories of people suffering from mental illness with the goal of helping others.

As for Lall, she’ll be graduating from high school, something she never thought was possible.  And she has this advice for people suffering.

“It does get better, seek help when you need it, the faster you seek help, the faster you get your life back.”

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