Reprieve for the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office

At the end of June, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care proposed that the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office be moved from the Ministry  to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. Founded in 1983, the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office provides advocacy, rights advice and education, in particular to patients confined in hospital.

An adventure worth my recovery

Psychiatrists, therapists and social workers have told me I use humour as a defence mechanism, the gentler ones called it a coping strategy. It's true; humour has helped me through difficult situations and helped me to deflect probing questions, sometimes very probing questions. However, at the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario I found out humour could be more than survival. It could be transformation.

Joining the Mood Disorders Association

As I clamber my way up the steep, sloping shoulders of the giants who’ve given so much to and through the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, let me say what a wonderful view it is. It’s week one, and I am so excited to be here!

Not Farewell...but see you again

A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends.

New Mental Health and Addictions Strategy for Ontario

The Ontario government has just released its 10 year strategy for improving support and services for people living with a mental illness or addiction. 

Stop The Stigma Award Winner: In His Own Words

A few weeks ago, we shared with you a Globe and Mail story featuring one of the student leaders who volunteers with our Stop The Stigma program. The student, Lorenzo Colocado, received the Louise Russo WAVE Foundation.

We asked Lorenzo to share his experience with Stop The Stigma, and why the issue of mental health is important to him. Here’s what he had to say:

Stopping the Stigma: Sharing My Experience

I turned 25 last weekend. It was also a chance to celebrate 5 years of being in recovery. I remember eating my 20th birthday cake in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) inpatient unit, days before I left the hospital for the last time. I never thought I’d be here today: alive and well, a soon-to-be university graduate, and a volunteer with the Mood Disorders Association’s Stop the Stigma, telling my story to thousands of Toronto high school students and the people who care about them.

Making Mental Health and Addictions an Election Priority

Election fever is hitting Ontario! The current MPPs took part in Question Period for the last time today before the election on October 6, 2011. 

And, we're ready. 

Mother speaks out about children's mental health

Laura Coughlin knows well the challenges of raising children who have mental health issues. She also knows the joy. Through her volunteer work with the Mood Disorders Association,  Parents for Children's Mental Health and other groups, Laura is sharing her experience with other parents. 

Laura was recently featured in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record.

Stop The Stigma Student Wins Prestigious Award

Congratulations to Lorenzo Colocado! 

Lorenzo is one of the students who sits on the organizing commitee for our Stop The Stigma partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. And today, Lorenzo is receiving an award from the Louise Russo WAVE Foundation for his work on Stop The Stigma. 



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