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Posts from the ‘Youth’ Category

The Art of Letting Go: My Battle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

By Deanna Orlando, NYAC member

Letting go is a process. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen.

My descent into Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) began during my first year in university. As a freshman, I was constantly reminded that this is supposed to be the ‘time of my life.’ In reality, it wasn’t. My first two years as an undergrad,were unbearable. It was the definitive moment when I allowed my mind to bully my body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries. Read more

Youth Mental Health & Spirituality

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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

I recently asked Robin the following questions about her take on mental health and spirituality. Read more


LaptopBy Deana Ruston, National Youth Advisory Committee Member

Saturday, October 10th, the final day of Mental Illness Awareness Week, marks World Mental Health Day, and we would like to write about an event that brought tons of attention to the role of cyberbullying in death by suicide of young people. Many people around the world know about the young woman named Amanda Todd from British Columbia. She had been relentlessly cyberbullied by an individual based in the Netherlands. This form of cyberbullying (the individual consistently revealing a topless photo of Amanda) caused waves in her life. She was bullied, harassed and even assaulted by classmates even after switching schools multiple times.

Amanda died by suicide on October 10, 2012. She was 15 years old. Read more

Role Models: Because Mental Illness & Success Collide

mike-brcic1By 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

Pixar’s Inside Out gets it Right-side Up!


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?”

I do.

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