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Posted: February 12, 2016

I remember Melanie (not her real name) when she was about 16 years old. Even then she was struggling with mental health needs. They labelled her with “Borderline personality,” which morphed into “Bi-Polar Disorder,” and then “Schizophrenia” later on in her life, leading me to realize that these labels are so imprecise and that we know much less than we think we do about mental illness.

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Posted: February 11, 2016

At times, I have likened children’s aid societies (CAS) to a system that resembles an old house, sitting alone with its windows closed and shutters drawn for a very long time. Children and youth have used that metaphor with me often to describe how once they enter that house through the front door, they are not thought about again by the public.

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