October is Mental Illness Awareness Month and we are proud to welcome everyone to Ontario Shores for Mental Health and Recovery Day on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
Throughout the day a series of speakers with lived experience will engage in conversations on a variety of topics impacting mental health, including stigma, treatment, access and system navigation.
All speaker events are open to the public and will held in the Lakeview Cafeteria, which located in Building 5, Level 1 at Ontario Shores.
All three speaker events will also be available via live stream, which are accessible by visiting www.youtube.com/ontarioshores during panel and speaker times.
Youth Mental Health Panel
Moderated by Communications Specialist Darryl Mathers, a panel of young adults with diverse perspectives and experiences with mental illness discuss what today’s youth need in terms of support to manage mental health. Included in the panel are Chelsea Lall, a former adolescent inpatient and current university student, Suraj Bansal, a mental health advocate who currently attends McMaster University and Rachel Leggett, a recent graduate from the University of Toronto who serves as a speaker for Jack.org in addition to being a Crisis Responder with Kid's Help Phone.
Keynote Presentation - Trauma and First Responders
Constable James Jefferson of the Greater Sudbury Police Service shares his story of recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Family and Mental Health Panel
Moderated by mental health advocate Lori Lane-Murphy, a panel of family members discuss their collective mental health journeys as caregivers. The diverse panel will tackle issues ranging from stigma, treatment, support and system navigation.
Lori will be joined on the panel by Shabnam Sukhdev, an award-winning filmmaker who chronicled her caregiving journey supporting her daughter’s mental health in the documentary ‘Unfinished’.
Shabnam will be joined on the panel by Candice McAllister and Shane Christensen, a daughter and father who have supported a loved one living with schizophrenia. Elaine Miller, Patient and Family Engagement Leader at Ontario Shores, rounds off the panel.
Each presentation will be approximately 45 minutes in length followed by refreshments and networking.
Please RSVP to @email with the session or sessions you would like to attend.
The is a FREE community event. There will be no charge for parking at Ontario Shores on October 19.
Pre- and Post-Event Survey
Please complete this brief survey before and after attending the event to help us explore the impact that patient and family stories about mental health and recovery has on those who hear them.