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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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Protecting Minds - 'I learned to ask for help'

I’m 41, a wife, a mother of three and an environmental services housekeeper, living in Whitby, Ontario. 

I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder 12 years ago.

Medication works for others but unfortunately didn’t work for me. I attempted to commit suicide a few months after giving birth to my youngest child. So, instead of medication I found other solutions to coping such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), fitness and mindfulness. 

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