Karim Mamdani

Ontario Shores

Karima Velji

Sanaz Riahi

#NVW2021 - 'I can continue to encourage others to share their story'

I began volunteering at Ontario Shores three years ago without any clear goals of where I wanted to end up or what area I would fit best in. Eventually, I began volunteering in Recovery College which focuses on providing education about mental illness, treatment, passion, hope and meaning.

This is where I began my mental health storytelling journey.

People struggling with mental illness are often getting their story told for them by their family member, friend or a medical professional.

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#NVW2021 - Volunteering Has Helped with Grief Over Lost Son

My journey with Ontario Shores began eight years ago when my son was admitted after struggling with mental health problems.

Shane took his own life just one year later.

I was searching for ways to show my compassion for others dealing with mental illness. I decided that the only way to move forward in memory of my son is to bring a positive impact to someone else’s life.

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#NVW2021 - 'The Experience Meant the World to Me'

Many people choose to volunteer to give back to a cause or organization that has a personal meaning for them and this is especially true for me.

In 2014 I realized that I was not dealing well with my mental health and decided to get help for the depression and social anxiety I was dealing with. Ontario Shores was exceptional in providing services that taught me the skills to take care of myself and my mental health.

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