Your Impact - Our Stories

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.

crystenCrysten - Patient
“It felt like torture,” says Crysten of struggling with mental illness. “I didn’t understand what was going on with me.” Read full story>>

matthewMatthew - Patient
Having being diagnosed as living with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, Matthew shares his story of recovery and rehabilitation in hopes of inspiring others. Read full story>>

team shayneTeam Shayne - Family Members
"Every member of our team, those who contribute and share in our pain help to raise money for a great cause." 
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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>>

crisis teamA 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>>