Karim Mamdani

RT @OntShoresFdn: Excited to host our 6th Annual Mental Health Conversation Luncheon tomorrow and we could not have done it without the sup…

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Sanaz Riahi

RT @JustinTrudeau: A year ago, 176 innocent people, including many Canadians, were killed when Iran shot down Flight 752. Today, we remembe…

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Protecting Minds - 'I lost my son to suicide'

It was 2018 when Mark realized something was wrong mentally. After being diagnosed with anxiety, he didn’t want to deal with his feelings.

A few months passed and he lost his home to a fire and his symptoms worsened. Myself, my husband and our other two children noticed changes to his mood and behaviours.

I lost my son to suicide in May of 2019.

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Protecting Minds - 'We can’t mask mental illness'

I’ve always been a go-getter in life. Moving up the corporate ladder and advancing my career came natural to me. It was 2006, I was an entrepreneur, a member of various local business chambers and active in the community. Financially I was doing well, but my mental health wasn’t.

My wife and I divorced and it was very difficult for us and our five children and I carried much of the burden. From 2009 to 2012 I bounced from job to job and had a hard time figuring out how to deal with the negative thoughts that consumed me.

I made a few bad decisions that led to my incarceration for some time.

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Protecting Minds - 'Covid-19 has been a stressful time for me'

I began to struggle with my mental health at a very young age.

At 19 I went to university and I experienced my first panic attack. I wasn’t coping with my emotions well and I felt very depressed.

Soon after graduating nursing school, my father was diagnosed with brain cancer and my symptoms continued to worsen. I was seen by a doctor who put me on various medications that didn’t seem to help.

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