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Inspired by Stories of Recovery and Hope

Shared by our patients, their families, staff and our donors, these stories help break down barriers, give a voice to those who need it, and help many others who may also be struggling with a mental health challenge. We thank you all for sharing them with us.

The Spotlight Newsletter Fall 2020The Spotlight Newsletter - Fall 2020

In the fall edition of The Spotlight Newsletter we take a look at how our staff and supporters have navigated this new world and what they have done to keep themselves mentally healthy and others around them safe.

Issue Highlights:
• A Day In The Life – Hope Heroes Rising to the Challenge, The Redeployment of Outpatient Staff
• A Supporter’s Story – Interview with Artist, Musician, Comedian, Marlena Kaesler
• Major Gifts, Majory Impact – Supporting Programs Throughout the Echo Pandemic of Mental Health

Explore the fall newsletter >>

Andrea OttawayA Patient's Story - From Dying to Living, My Recovery Journey
In March of 2016 I picked up the phone to my parents and was in absolute hysterics; yelling, crying and telling them I needed to go to the hospital. I was 29 years old and wanted to die. To this day I have no memory of that phone call...Read Andrea's Story >>

DD UnitShining A Light On - Dual Diagnosis Services
Visiting the Dual Diagnosis Service (DDS) unit at Ontario Shores is quite different than visiting any other unit in the hospital. Housed in a warm and friendly environment, the unit cares for very special people. The program provides treatment to individuals with an intellectual disability and a mental health concern, which can include a psychiatric disorder or challenging behaviour...Read about our DDS unit >>

brittany gendronA Mother's Story - Postpartum Depression and My Road to Recovery
I had looked forward to becoming pregnant and being a mother for so long, and finally on August 17, 2018 I gave birth to my first child, Maia. Although I experienced some mild anxiety during my pregnancy about my baby’s health...Read Brittany's Story >>

A Patient's Story - Mike SimonA Patient's Story - Finding Light In the Darkness
At the age of 17, Mike Simon's youngest son, Benjamin, died by suicide. Mike courageously shares his story of his son's struggle with depression, to his own journey from darkness to recovery. Read Mike's story >> 

June BuddA Donor's Story - Connected by Family and Work for 100 Years
June and Allen Budd have been donating to Ontario Shores Foundation for 11 years after seeing an ad in the local paper that the hospital was starting a foundation. June instantly felt a connection, her grand-father worked the hospital dairy farm, her mother was born at the hospital infirmary, and she was once head nurse at the "Men's Reception". Read June's story >>

adolescent inpatient unitA Day In the Life - Adolescent Inpatient Unit
"Treating a child is much different than treating an adult," says Sarah Dobush, social worker on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Ontario Shores. "You have to speak to them on their level, be goofy and banter. They know if you are being real, and we work our hardest to maintain that genuine relationship." Read what it's like on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit for both staff and patients >>

travisInspiring Hope - A Conversation With Olympian Travis Gerrits
Our keynote speaker at the 2018 Mental Health Conversation luncheon, RBC Olympian, Travis Gerrits was diagnosed with Type 1 Bipolar disorder at the age of 22...Read full story>>

shannon lavigneA Donor's Story - A Personal Mandate to Help End the Stigma
Shannon Lavigne, President Rotary Club of Courtice, has made it her personal mission to help end the stigma on mental health. Ontario Shores has been a part of her ongoing recovery for close to 10 years...Read full story>>

central intake and crisis unitA Day in the Life - Central Intake and Crisis Department
Ever wonder what happens when someone seeks crisis services at Ontario Shores? This dedicated and passionate team sat down with our Foundation to discuss what it's really like to work on the frontlines of mental health...Read full story>>