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Street photographer puts stamp on Ottawa

Thursday January 6, 2011


OTTAWA -- Michael Gericke’s Ottawa is a place where gleaming motorcycles, vibrant graffiti and snow-covered walkways combine to reveal an intensely colourful city hidden in plain sight.

Gericke, known widely as Mikey G, is a self-described street photographer whose work was recently featured in a Royal Ontario Museum exhibit called, “Touched by Fire: the art show you have to be crazy to enter.”

The event was organized by the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario.

Diet, exercise and vitamin D help SAD sufferers

Sunday December 26, 2010

TORONTO -- Post-holiday blues are as common as returning gifts for many people.

Seasonal affective disorders -- known as SAD -- have symptoms similar to depression and can include a lack of energy, an increased need for sleep, and a craving for foods that put on the pounds.

Latitude plays a role in the problem. SAD almost doesn't exist in Florida but is quite high in Alaska.

The closer you are to the equator, the better your mental health, said Ingrid Mraz, of Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, who has suffered from SAD for 25 years.

Arbour in ROM's Touched By Fire

Monday November 22, 2010

Midland Free Press

Photographer John Arbour's work will show at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The Midland area shutterbug has two pictures in the 2010 Touched by Fire' Show -an online and live exhibit celebrating the art of people with mood disorders. The live exhibit involving 50 -70 works will be held as a single night's event this year at the ROM on the evening of November 25th, while all submissions will be mounted on the online gallery at :

New book guides Durham families though mental illness maze

Saturday November 13, 2010

Jillian Follert

DURHAM -- When you're in the midst of a mental heath diagnosis, treatment or crisis, it can feel like you're drowning.

Bonnie Atkinson remembers trying to process what was happening when her daughter began showing symptoms of bipolar disorder during her second year at university.

"It was a very hard time, it was overwhelming," the local woman says.

Man finds saviour in art

Thursday November 11, 2010

Chris Montanini


If not for art, Ted Bock would have had a lot of time on his hands during his two-year recovery.

"For the first couple years when you're recovering from psychosis, one of the main problems is that it's difficult to work and go to school," he said. "So you have a lot of free time."

Equilibrium tips the scales against stigma

Friday November 5, 2010


As society attempts to break down the stigma attached to mental illness, talking about that illness, such as depression or a bipolar disorder, has been a sensitive topic reserved for certain circles.

Once a month for the past 20 years, Equilibrium has been one of those circles.

And while the peer support group may be attempting to break the stigman, it has  not forsaken its mandate, to offer an inner circle.

Focusing on recovery

Thursday October 14, 2010

Sarnia Observer

Karen Liberman is living life to the fullest, but there was a time when she had descended into madness, gripped by a "pervasive and perverted illness...

"I planned my suicide; I was absolutely certain that I was horrible, hopeless, useless; the scum of the earth. I was desperate to leave the world and relieve my kids of the burden of having me as their mother."

Amy Sky says giving is good for the soul

Friday October 1, 2010

Richard Ouzounian

The Toronto Star

For singer-songwriter Amy Sky, giving her time and talents to help support groups like the United Way isn’t a choice, it’s a necessity.

“Being of service is good for the soul. It’s something we all ought to do. Every song I write has a personal as well as a universal theme, so I try to combine the two in my life as well.”

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