Chelsea is doing something that, at one time, she never thought she would be able to do.
She’s going to school.
Having struggled with mental health issues for most of her life, the symptoms of her mental illness, including hallucinations and hearing voices, become obvious to her classmates when she was 11.
As she with anxiety, depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Chelsea endured brutal physical bullying and was tormented on social media sites.
By Grade 9, Chelsea had tried to kill herself. And things progressed even further; she began to have homicidal thoughts. She was admitted to Ontario Shores Inpatient Adolescent Program, in crisis.
“I felt I like I was never meant to live to see 17,” she says. “I was in a deep and dark place when I first came to Ontario Shores. I am thankful I walked through the doors when I did.”
At Ontario Shores, she found hope.
Through compassionate, therapeutic, care, Chelsea gained the insight, the tools and the skills she needs to empower her to cope with her mental health challenges. She transitioning back to high school and worked hard to catch on lost time so she could graduate with her peers.
After gaining a greater understanding of her own mental health, Chelsea has become an advocate and role model for young people struggling with mental health issues.
She speaks publicly after her recovery journal and has been featured on several segments and articles by news media.
She credits her time at Ontario Shores for giving a foundation of skills which have allowed her to be successful in remaining healthy.
“I am not cured of mental illness,” she says. “I am learning how to live with it.”
Now, she’s in university studying social work with an eye a future which involves helping others who may be struggling.
“Before I thought living a long life was not for me. Now, I feel like I have a future.”Back
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