Ontario Shores Unveils Recovery Series

Mental Illness Awareness Week October 4 to 11

WHITBY, ON, Oct. 7, 2015 /CNW/ - Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is reducing stigma during Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 4 to 11, through our second installment of our inspiring patient-focused stories on #MindVine, our organization's social media home.

The series, which was first launched in May during National Mental Health Week, celebrates the recovery stories of five people from diverse backgrounds who have faced the challenges of mental illness and are eager to share details of their journeys with the hope of inspiring others.

#5in5 – Five Recovery Stories in Five Days began on Monday, October 5 and runs through to Friday, October 9.

#5in5 Contributors and Schedule

Monday, October 5
A regular abuser of drugs and alcohol, things began to turn around for Brian when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He says coming to Ontario Shores gave him a second chance in life. He's now pursuing his goals and sharing his story.

Tuesday, October 6
Carly is an educated mother and wife with a demanding career. She also lives with Bipolar II Disorder. At first, her diagnosis set her back. Now she is on her recovery journey and is determined to inspire others.

Wednesday, October 7
Depressed, anxious and self-harming, it took others a while to see why Robin was acting out.  She is now managing her mental illness and building relationships.

Thursday, October 8
It has been a long road for Kim and her 22-year-old daughter Sarah. Through Ontario Shores' Dual Diagnosis program, Kim and her family are getting the support they need to manage Sarah's behaviours.

Friday, October 9
Whether it is a game, activity, music lesson or a walk along the path, Therapeutic Recreation is making a daily difference in the recovery journey of our patients.

About Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences:
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores) is a leader in mental health care, providing a range of specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness. Patients benefit from a recovery-oriented environment of care, built on compassion, inspiration and hope. Ontario Shores engages in research, education and advocacy initiatives to advance the mental health care system. 

About #MindVine:
#MindVine is Ontario Shores' social media home to blogs, news and information related to mental health care which encourages conversation and reduces stigma. Contributors to #MindVine include Ontario Shores' professionals and experts in mental health care from various areas of the hospital along with members of the Communications and Public Affairs team.

SOURCE Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

For further information: Darryl Mathers, Communications Officer, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, 905-430-4055 ext. 6583, 905-435-8623, mathersd@ontarioshores.ca

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