Karim Mamdani

Ontario Shores


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Growing Up in Fear of Judgement and Isolation

I don’t know much about hockey but I remember a few years ago a well-known hockey coach revealed to the public that he couldn’t read.

After Googling it the other day I discovered his name was Jacques Demers. He spoke two languages, coached in the National Hockey League (NHL) for years and won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.

He was 61 when he went public with his struggles.

I remember the shock felt by others.

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I’m Still Katie

As I sit down to write this first blog in Ontario Shores’ #5in5 series on #MindVine I find myself at a loss.

Where do I start?

Do I start with my own history of mental illness?

How about my career in mental health care?

Or with my children and my desire to give them the love and support they might need as they continue grow and evolve as people?

Well, maybe I’ll start with me. Katie.

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Katie Balances Motherhood, Mental Illness and Career as a Mental Health Nurse

Since Ontario Shores introduced #MindVine back in January, 2014 we have had an inspiring space to share a variety of stories related to mental health.

Among our contributors are psychiatrists, nurses, researchers, patients and family members.

Personally, it has been incredibly rewarding to see this space used to share information and ignite conversations. Three years after its launch we have a diverse collection of stories from far ranging perspectives impacted by mental health and mental illness.

On the eve of National Mental Health Week (May 1-7) I’m proud to introduce you to someone who brings another unique perspective to #MindVine.


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