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How the voice of one can change the lives of many

By Gabrielle Lesage, AMI’s Summer Student In the past we can see how much of an impact a group of individuals can have on society. Take for example the Underground Railroad; without collaboration and team effort it would not have worked. Helping individuals on that scale would be almost impossible without …

Mobile clinic for mental health is the first of its kind in Ontario

By Gabrielle Lesage, AMI’s Summer Student As citizens, we are all too aware of the difficulties that may arise in trying to receive health services, especially mental health services. There are months, and even years, of being put on a waiting list in order to see a professional. This can …

Coping With the Holiday Season- An AMI-Quebec Interview

By Giovanna Nicolo As the holiday season nears, many of us are anticipating the frenetic pace that so often accompanies this time of year. And for some, the aftermath of the celebrations are quickly replaced by dread for the ensuing bleak winter months. If you have a mental illness, or perhaps you just feel vulnerable at this time of the year, many of us share the same overwhelming feelings about the holidays. Our expectations are such that we feel we must live up to the heavily marketed ideal of the perfect holiday season. I’ve interviewed Elizabeth Gluch, a Special Needs …

Sandra Gissi, volunteer at AMI-Quebec shares her heartfelt experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder

I have suffered from severe OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) since 2009. I considered myself an unlucky twenty-one year old at the time. Today, I cannot say that I feel blessed to have this mental illness. I can only try my best to live, laugh, and love as much as possible. We all fear being different in big or small ways.
 I do not want to be known as the “OCD girl”, yet I want to be proactive. I need to get used to the fact that not everyone will be willing to lend an ear, yet there are plenty of compassionate …

The Goods on Hoarding

By Gail Adams Hoarding is the accumulation of objects to the degree that it prevents the use of living space as it was originally intended. A mild hoarding problem may involve only minor inconveniences but in more severe cases the clutter may completely cover counters, stovetops, tables, chairs, sofas, beds and so on. Stuff can easily fill sinks and bathtubs and may also cover the floor so that it is impossible to move around the home without stepping on things. Only a small portion of the objects hoarded ever get used. In addition, these possessions are usually very disorganized, making it difficult …

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4 Ways for Caregivers to De-stress

We are all aware that caregivers face many obstacles when caring for a mentally ill loved one. Sometimes situations become overwhelming but there are ways to cope. Francine Waters, counselor …

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A Ritual

“When I am in this anxious mood I noticed obstacles more than an harmonious reality. This illustration conveys that feeling” What is it that helped me to go through my …