mental health awareness

The Canadian Mental Health Association describes mental health as striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. Reaching a balance is a learning process. At times, you may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again. Learn about how you can improve your mental health and quality of living.

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Emily’s story.

For the majority of us, making our own decisions and having a home of our own are taken for granted. However for some it is almost an unfeasible dream never reached due to mental health barriers. Emily had been living with serious mental health issues for many years and has lived in numerous residential settings including supervised facilities, while rarely being able to maintain independent living.

Emily had been psychiatrically hospitalized many times and had lost custody of her children due to being “labelled” unfit to parent. Emily was receiving no support from family and friends and was left to deal with life on her own. Emily was connected with CARAH due to being homeless, not receiving any regular physician care, unable to care for herself and with a hopeless attitude about life.

During her stay with CARAH she developed a positive rapport with the staff through supportive counselling and began to change her outlook on life in a short time. Emily was able to secure housing and obtain a family doctor with the support of an outreach case manager. With her newly stable environment and supportive counselling Emily is beginning to get back on the right track and is working to gain visitation rights to her children. Emily shared she has many goals to accomplish such as finding employment and upgrading her education. However by taking each day one at a time, her future is looking brighter with each passing day.