Ontario Shores has begun a year-long celebration recognizing 100 years of delivering mental health care.
The specialty mental health hospital unveiled its 100 year brand as well as a portion of its plans around its 100th anniversary at this morning’s kickoff event, which marks one full year before the organization officially reaches the century mark on October, 23, 2019.
The organization’s journey officially began in 1911 when architect James Govan consulted with psychiatrists, physicians and government officials to develop a design for a new mental health centre on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Most of us lead busy lives, often made more stressful by a chronic health condition such as a mental illness, either personally or as a caregiver (or both). In the hustle and bustle of a typical day, when we may grab food only for the purpose of filling our growling bellies, it's easy to forget about all the many things that food can do for you.
Did you know that your brain consumes a whopping 420 calories per day, making up about 20-25 per cent of your total energy needs, while your other essential organs consume another 50-60 per cent of your energy in a day? In addition to energy (calories), all of these important functions also require protein for ongoing repair and maintenance of all our tissues from skin to bones, and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) for optimal functioning of all our systems.
Each day I am amazed by the difference Ontario Shores makes in the lives of people living with mental illness.
Our commitment to recovery is evident in everything we do. The collective passion to provide the best possible care for patients and their families is what sets this organization apart.
I’m proud to be a part of a culture that refuses to rest on its laurels. The focus is always on excellence and on how we can be better for the people who need us most.