Jacob needed help.
Struggling with both schizophrenia and polysubstance abuse as a teenager, his mental health was deteriorating rapidly when he hit rock-bottom in November, 2014.
An incident with his step-father led to police involvement which, ultimately, saw Jacob enter the forensic mental health system.
It’s hard to believe the Imagine Festival is entering its 9th year.
What initially began as a film festival to bring people to Ontario Shores to showcase films with a mental health lens and reduce stigma has evolved since 2008.
That first event brought actor Joey ‘Pants’ Pantoliano (the Matrix, Sopranos) to Ontario Shores and was even featured on ET Canada. Since then, we have hosted musicians who have a personal connection, have had inspirational speakers presenting to students and much more.
I walked into Tim Hortons and it was not as I remembered.
There were big screens near the cash registers and the décor inside was totally different.
The coffee? Well, that was just as I remembered. I ordered two.
At that point in my life it had been four years since I had bought a coffee on my own.
I live with Schizophrenia and battle addiction to drugs and alcohol.
I killed my grandmother while in a state of psychosis.