Karim Mamdani

Ontario Shores

Karima Velji

Sanaz Riahi

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Why Does a Patient Go Missing?

It is heartbreaking to monitor social media when a patient from Ontario Shores goes missing and the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) post a media release in an effort to inform the public and safely return the individual to hospital.

I understand why the public must be alerted and the responsibility DRPS has to both transparency and community safety.

However, when a patient does go missing and news enters the social media community, I am profoundly frustrated and disappointed by the reaction of many.

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Protecting Minds - 'I couldn’t come to terms that he was gone'

Life has been difficult over the last few years. Whenever I could catch a breath, devastating news would follow.

In January of 2018, my father passed away. My mother was sick as well and I fell into a deep depression. I didn’t leave my house, went on a sick leave from work and spent most of my days sleeping.

In the fall of 2018, I lost my oldest brother to suicide. I couldn’t come to terms that he was gone. I was suicidal and my family pressured me to get help.  I went to a walk-in clinic and I was referred to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores).

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