I get it, it’s complicated.
Mental Illness is an illness that unfortunately receives compassion only when it is convenient or easy. As a society, we get Bell Let’s Talk with all the celebrities speaking about their challenges, we have compassion for children’s mental health and maybe, to some extent, we even have understanding when it comes to seniors with dementia. But when the illness is so severe or when a system fails to help someone until something tragic happens we tend to evoke our moral compass and jump to an extreme, emotional reaction.
That is not in any way an indictment on victims or to challenge their thoughts and feelings. When someone with a severe mental illness is involved in a serious incident where a life is lost, it will always evoke a strong emotional response. It is a tragedy, no question. You can’t blame those close to such an event for feeling sadness, anger, outrage or a whole gamut of emotions. But often tabloid media or social media pundits run with the story by pouring fuel on fear and hatred which really serves no one.
There’s no such thing as a slow day at the Ontario Shores Foundation.
We constantly build from one year to the next to raise funds and support the hospital and the patients who rely on the vital services provides here at Ontario Shores.
One such opportunity to raise funds was the Roger Anderson Charity Classic (RACC), which celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 8. It was a fantastic day of sunshine, sportsmanship and golf.
Just a few months ago I moved into a new role at Ontario Shores.
I now work as a Peer Support Specialist supporting patients throughout different points of their recovery journey. It’s quite different than previous roles I have had in my career. I am still helping people, but in a much different way.
It’s very freeing to be in a group setting with people who have all experienced mental illness. Our diagnoses are often different and our situations individually are unique, but there are common elements we can all relate to.