As there is growing attention and interest in the Doctor’s Residence Land I thought I would provide some context for our community and those interested in this proposal.
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) reached out to the developer when it seemed to be the consensus by all that this building could not be restored.
At just 15 years old, I began to notice that there was something wrong with my mental health. At this point in my life and during my high school education, mental illness was a taboo subject that most people didn’t openly talk about.
I felt like I was stuck, trying to deal with my emotions and battling the anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that started inhibiting my daily life.
I began treatment for my mental health when I was 18 but it didn’t seem to help me escape the rut I was in. I would go to my appointments, shelter myself, cry and leave. This took place for about a year.
Depression and anxiety started to take their toll on my mental wellbeing in 2018 and I was hospitalized for related issues. After spending some time in the hospital, I started to feel as though I was getting better mentally, but the therapy programs I was involved in didn’t interest me and I felt as though they were not helpful, so I decided to seek further help for my mental illnesses.
I connected with a mental health outreach worker who recommended Krystina, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) therapist in my area who works at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores).
I was nervous and skeptical at first due to the fact that my previous experience in a hospital setting didn’t help me cope with my anxiety and depression and I also began losing interest in searching for this kind of help. However, I decided to give the program a chance and I am extremely proud of where I am today because of this life-changing decision.