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.
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.
Forty-six percent of post-secondary students report feeling too depressed to fully function and the number of students with identified mental health challenges has more then doubled over the past five years.
In response to such, Ontario Shores has established partnerships with Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech), McMaster University, and University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) to introduce Recovery Colleges within these post-secondary institutions. We are moving into our third semester of Recovery College courses at Ontario Tech, are planning to launch the first semester of programming at McMaster University, and pilot a Recovery College course at UTSC in the coming months.