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.
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) will turn 100 years old on Wednesday, October 23 and we are celebrating with a host of planned activities.
Over the last 12 months Ontario Shores has been in celebration mode thanks to the efforts of our Ambassadors of Hope, six individuals with a connection to mental health and our organization who have been attending events, conducting interviews and producing videos in recognition of this historical milestone.
Along the way we welcomed our 100th anniversary sign in the Main Lobby (Building 5, Level 2), participated in a mental health exhibition at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa and published a commemorative book, which will be available for purchase for $20. We also welcomed staff, families, patients, volunteers and the community to our Century of Care Fair, held last month on the grounds of Ontario Shores.