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Mental Illness - Do You Know? was created to increase mental illness and mental health awarenessMental Illness Awareness

My name is Anita Jackson and I became a mental health advocate in 2014, based in Hamilton, Ontario.

Most people have acquired the knowledge of mental health through articles written by doctors and other medical professionals.

We have hand chosen articles related to mental illness and mental health and written by those with lived experience.

Topics will include agoraphobia, anxiety, bipolar, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, schizophrenia and more.

I have put together some resources, internationally,
to help you with the COVID-19 and your mental health.

 

A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS

Article: Why is sharing our mental health story important?

 

People wonder why I share my story? So that someday no one will call me brave for acknowledging a very real illness. Because the world would be a better place if everyone shared their story - and if more people listened.

Crista Burnett

Your website is an incredible resource

Your website is an incredible resource and your work to highlight people’s personal experiences with mental illness is crucial in addressing stigma.

Bhutila Karpoche
NDP, Critic, Mental Health and Addictions

I applaud you on your advocacy

I applaud you on your advocacy and I appreciate your input as we move forward with our policy platform process.

Victor Fedeli
Interim Leader of the Official Opposition

You helped me champion this important issue

I’d like to thank you once again for sharing your experiences with me. You helped me champion this important issue, and I’m so deeply grateful you took the time to share your thoughts with me. I truly believe there is no health without metal health, and I look forward to seeing how our system improvements will help create opportunity for the youth of today and tomorrow.

Michael Coteau
Minister of Community and Social Services

Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association

On any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness.
Mental Health Commission of Canada

27% of Canadians are fearful of being around people who suffer from serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association

Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association

Mental Illness and Stigma

stig-ma      ~ a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person   People who live with...
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SUCCEED – Changing Irreality

I was contacted by Lukas Schwarzenbacher from Islandart GmbH located in Switzerland. He had asked if I could place their short film on...
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Mental Health Resources

Bell Let's Talk is January 31 2018 and a great day to share those mental health resources for those who...
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How Toxic Friendships Can Damage Your Mental Health

You know the affect abusive relationships can have on your mental health but did you know the toxic friend can...
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Eight signs you grew up with a Mental Illness

I grew up in a household where I thought life was normal.  I thought everyone’s parents fought, thought dad always...
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Common Symptoms of OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a pattern of unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions),...
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Explaining Mental Illness to Children

Children of all ages are naturally curious and constantly asking questions. We, as adults, need to be attentive and take...
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