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Trigger Warning: The content below contains information on mental illness, abuse, and suicide which some readers may find triggering. If you need support, please contact the Ontario Shores crisis line: 1-800-263-2679.

A happy life with mental illness: Rachel’s Story

Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder at 29 years old, Rachel
struggled to find treatment that worked. Medications that helped others didn’t seem to help her… Read More

Rachel

A life full of meaning: Kristie’s Story

Facing anxiety and depression, Kirstie just tried to make it day by day. But then, her father was diagnosed with brain cancer. Kirstie reached out to a doctor for help… Read More

Kirstie

A full and joyful life: Bryanna’s Story

At 15 years old Bryanna didn’t believe she’d live to see adulthood. Just getting out of bed and attending school felt impossible… Read More

Bryanna

Navigating my trauma: Chris’ Story

Mental illness seemed to control him. At 27 years old, feeling unable to live with what had happened to him anymore, Chris attempted suicide… Read More

Chris

A weight off her shoulder: Cindy’s Story

Cindy felt hopeless, and considered suicide. She was referred to Ontario Shores. While Cindy didn’t know it at the time, that referral would change her life… Read More

Cindy

Reducing the stigma: Desmond’s Story

Desmond was constantly exposed to the idea that boys and men needed to be tough. By the time he reached his teenage years, the pressure felt like it was eating him alive… Read More

Desmond

Sharing my son’s story: Louri’s Story

Louri lost her son Mark to suicide in May of 2019. Diagnosed with anxiety the year before, Mark was already overwhelmed. Then he lost his home… Read More

Louri

Pets and positivity: Willow’s Story

Prior to the onset of COVID-19, Willow was a regular volunteer at Ontario Shores. She visited the hospital weekly with an unexpected sidekick: her loveable golden retriever, Aspyn… Read More

Willow

Finding my voice: Robin's story

Robin was feeling so many emotions that she didn’t know how to release in a healthy matter and began to self-harm. It was in high school that she was introduced to Ontario Shores… Read More

Robin

My life did a 180: Steven's story

Steven had everything – until he didn’t. Consumed by negative thoughts, a few bad decisions led to time in jail. That’s when he turned to Ontario Shores… Read More

Steven

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