Let's step up and confront the challenges surrounding mental illness!
2017 year was an especially trying year as my eldest daughter, Samantha suddenly had a severe episode of mental illness and was an inpatient in acute care for 7 months. No coming home on weekends... spending day upon day within the confines of adolescent mental health units.
I am so very grateful for the amazing support that I received here at PCC. And am grateful to CAMH for a study called IMPACT which helped identify the most suitable treatment medication for her. Aside from medication I would like to point out that medication only goes so far, and the most helpful treatments for her (once the right medication regimen was found) are the "talk therapy" methods, like CBT and DBT.
Thankfully, since February 2018 she has been happy, recovering, and back in high school full-time, and concerned more with cooking, fashion and playing with her cousins and our dog, Milo, than anything else. Thank goodness.
The CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health challenge is a Canada-wide challenge to inspire hope for Canadians living with mental illness.
I took the #OneBraveNight challenge because I want to inspire hope for people living with mental illness now – and to defeat mental illness. By making a donation to my One Brave Night, you are helping CAMH improve access to care, conduct research to find better treatments, and build more spaces for healing.
This is our chance to step up! Please donate generously and help me reach my fundraising goal.