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Dealing with PTSD & mental illness

January 28, 2014

Not feeling up to going into work or school today? You’re not alone. On an average day, half a million Canadians are off with some form of mental illness.

We’re starting to see glimmers of hope, because people are starting to talk. Jim Bremner‘s started the conversation with his own first-hand account in the book Crack in the Armor: A Police Officer’s Guide to Surviving Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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My Personal Story

by Anita Levesque

I have lived with the ups and downs involved with manic depression all my life. But I didn’t realize this until I started high school. My father had dealt with manic depression most of his life and was tired of hiding it after a while. I guess he figured my brother and I were old enough to know what was going on. Looking back at how things were, I wish we didn’t know; if I only knew how things were going to be. But I didn’t and you cannot predict the future, but you know, I wouldn’t change anything, as I’ve become a stronger person because of it.

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How Does Depression Really Feel?

Laurence White


I have suffered from clinical depression for over three decades. Depression is a disease, a disorder, the manifestation of something fundamentally wrong in the functioning of my brain. I can no more will myself out of depression than a diabetic can will his pancreas to produce more insulin. As I recently told someone critical of Robin Williams’ suicide, judging someone killed by depression makes as much sense as judging someone killed by cancer.

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Personal Stories

Stories of personal experiences with mental illness or the support you gave to a friend or family member are important in helping others understand how they can get help and in breaking down the stigma.

Stories provide education, support and can be one of many positive triggers to help people understand more about their own mental illness. Below you’ll find inspiring stories about the full range of mental illness conditions.

If you would like to share your story, please contact us.

World Mental Health Day: A personal story

By Alyssa Ashton

I’ve always thought it was strange that there was a World Mental Health Day. Why do we need an entire day dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, doesn’t everyone already understand it? The reason I feel this way is because I’ve been aware of mental health issues since I was seven-years-old—when I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I’ve grown-up having an in-depth understanding of the effects of mental health issues.

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