About Mental Illness

Just like cancer or diabetes, mental illness is a medical condition that affects the lives of individuals experiencing related symptoms. Mental illness can affect an individual’s thinking, mood, personality and daily functioning. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, but early intervention and treatment can lead to recovery, well-being and a successful future for individuals faced with mental illness.

One in five people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. Mental illness can affect individuals of any age, race, religion or income level, and there are many treatment options available to develop individualized recovery plans.

In addition to medication, other forms of treatment include cognitive behavioural therapy, psychiatric and psychological therapy, group therapy and peer support counselling. Diet, exercise, good sleeping habits, meaningful activities and a positive environment are also very important in achieving and maintaining a successful recovery.

Serious mental illness can include, but is not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • My experience at Ontario Shores is excellent. When I came I had a lot of problems, but I take my medication and participate in groups. I am recovering and have faith in the hospital.
    ~ Ved Dhingra, Patient
  • My experience at Ontario Shores has been therapeutic. I choose some of the programs I’m involved in, and if patients play more of a role in their treatment they gain more strength in themselves to overcome obstacles.
    ~ Jeff, Patient
  • My treatment has been good, the symptoms are gone and that feels great.
    ~ Raja, Patient
  • I was lost in my depression. I have gotten a lot of support at the hospital and learned a lot about myself. I am now able to walk in my life.
    ~ S.E., Patient
  • It makes me feel independent to set goals for myself. I would like to have my own place, get married, take care of children and work.
    ~ Lee Elizabeth, Patient
  • In a relatively brief period of time, it has been a wonderfully therapeutic experience being here. My most sincere opportunity to get well. Thanks so very much.
    ~ Patient