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When something is not working well or indeed at all, the primary goal is to find a way to repair it. The same thinking applies when that something is a someone, but often there is no fix or repair for a human being that works completely.
Historically, the mentally ill were subjected to inhumane treatment and locked away. Midway through the last century, the discovery of first-generation antipsychotic medication led to a new paradigm in the treatment of mental illness. By the 1960s, the process of deinstitutionalization was well underway and former “patients” were living in the community. Ideally, psychiatric care was to be provided within the community after deinstitutionalization; in practice access to care has been inconsistent with evidence suggesting “that fewer resources have been allocated to community-based services”.
Join us for a delightful evening of uplifting song at Toronto Jewish Chorus presents Shir Delight 2019on Thursday, May 23! A portion of the proceeds will be directed towards the work we are doing at Eli’s Place to build Canada’s first rural, residential long-term treatment centre for young adults with mental illness.
A Hopeful Future for our Children
There are rural residential long-term treatment centres all around the world with proven results for young adults with serious mental illness. Why doesn’t Canada have one yet?
“Sharing our story is so much more than just telling people what has happened in our lives and where we’ve come from…because we hope it’s not just in memory of our son, but also for so many families who are dealing with mental health issues and mental illness. It’s quite the battle, quite the struggle, quite the journey. So every time we share our story we hope that others will learn and be able to benefit from what we have to say.” – Eli’s Place co-founder Deborah Cooper on Starts With Me podcast
The conversation around mental health has changed in the last decade thanks to awareness raising campaigns that flood our airwaves and social media feeds seeking to normalize mental health issues while advocating for better treatment options and increased services. Awareness campaigns and hashtag days have made inroads into destigmatizing mental health issues, a cultural shift towards understanding that mental health is health.
Join our guest speakers on Wednesday, May 8 for an evening of information and inspiration as we explore a new model for treating mental illness. Speakers will discuss the current mental health services available, both hospital and community-based, from professional and personal perspectives.