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About Mental Illness

Some people think that mental health conditions are rare and “happen to someone else.” In fact, mental health conditions are common and widespread. Studies have shown that every year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness (Mental Health Commission of Canada). Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures.

Psychological disorders or what is commonly known as mental health disorders are caused by a complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors. It has been reported that almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem.

Many treatment options are available to develop individualized recovery plans, including medication, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), 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.

Early intervention and treatment can lead to recovery, well-being and a successful future.

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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
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