By Putri Klismianti, NYAC member and Robin Simpson, Mental Health Public Speaker & NYAC member
Robin Simpson is a 24-year-old mental health advocate. Aspiring to share her story of having lived with depression and anxiety, she serves as a Mental Health Public Speaker with T.A.M.I Durham and an active member of the National Youth Advisory Committee of CAMH. She works in the education sector, grows up in a Christian household, and a blogger via her website www.purpleinkonline.com
I recently asked Robin the following questions about her take on mental health and spirituality. Read more
By Andriana Vinnitchok, Project Team Member with the CAMH National Youth Advisory Committee
Would it surprise you that some would say a mental illness is “the best thing that can happen to you”?
“But it’s killing me;
I feel like the world is caving in on me;
How can this possibly be the best thing that has ever happened to me?”
This is the response of a prospering entrepreneur in the midst of a mental health crisis.
So how can such a contradiction exist? I mean, as the word mental illness implies – it’s an ‘illness’ so we should stay in bed, right. However consider this – one in five Canadians, which is one in five people you know or saw today, may develop a mental illness on a spectrum of severity in any given year. This means that there are approximately 7 billion Canadians persevering through challenges associated with a mental illness. It can be affecting anyone – from the waitress at your local restaurant, to your doctor, or the neighbourhood electrician or even the CEO of your favorite video game company. And you wouldn’t even know; because mental illness does not discriminate. Read more
By Corine Carlisle, Clinical Head, Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Service
“Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head?”
In fact, you could say that as a psychiatrist it is my job to wonder what is going on in people’s heads!
So when Pixar’s new movie release, Inside Out opened with this question, I was hooked and also a little cautious. How was an animated movie going to navigate this delicate and intricate subject? Read more