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Posted: February 26, 2016

This place saved my life,” said the 12-year-old boy flatly, “and this place also stole my soul.”

He was speaking to me as part of a group of youth whom I met on my Listening Tour living at one of Ontario’s largest children’s mental health treatment residences. It was difficult to hear him say those words. The other young people who were listening and part of the discussion bobbed their heads in unison, affirming his comment.

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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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