Arthur Gallant
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Arthur Gallant is a young adult dedicated to eliminating stigma surrounding mental health as well as raising awareness and educating the general public and mental health professionals. The child of a parent with an intellectual disability, Arthur has also dealt with mental-health difficulties such as severe anxiety and clinical depression. A former Crown Ward, Arthur uses his story to empower people and challenge the stereotypes surrounding mental health, but to also encourage people to step forward and seek help for their own mental-health difficulties.

In 2013, Arthur was 1 of 5 Canadians named as a Face of Mental Illness by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health which is an initiative of Bell Let's Talk.

Arthur has featured several times on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin and in The Toronto Star, CBC's The National , CTV News Channel, The Globe and Mail, and an educational video for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario Chapter)

Arthur currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Not Everyone With Mental Illness Needs Medication

(8) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:37 AM

Wherever I go, there is an overwhelming presumption that people with mental illness are on medication or should be on medication. Some people will ask me "So what medications are you on Arthur?", assuming that because I have mental illness that I am on medication.

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Mental Health: There Should Be No Such Thing as a Free Spech

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 9:03 PM

If you haven't figured it out by reading my blog, I love being a mental health advocate. I've had the opportunities to meet and be interviewed by some of my heroes (I'm talking to you Steve Paikin) but most importantly I regularly have the chance to meet others living with...

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Why I'm Boycotting Tim Hortons

(31) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 12:21 PM

I've been blogging for almost two years now and I sort of have my own personal guidelines before I decide to submit my post for review. One of those rules is trying not to single out an individual or a corporation. As the old saying goes: rules are meant to...

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Restraints Are Overused on Patients With Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:43 PM

You would think as a mental health advocate, few things would surprise me. But that couldn't be further from the truth. I am not privileged in the sense that I know inside information about the intricacies of the mental health system. In fact, less people trust me because they know...

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How Mental Health Organizations Lose Credibility

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:04 AM

As many people know I am a stigma fighter and I tend to almost over-analyze as to why stigma exists and how it can be eliminated. It is true, I believe the word 'stigma' is an overused word/term but at the same time it goes a long way. I enjoy...

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If Bieber Was on Anti-Depressants, He Should Be Praised, Not Mocked

(8) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 7:01 AM

The world has been captivated by Justin Bieber's run-in with Miami Beach police for which he is now facing charges. A lot of people say they saw it coming while Beliebers were in absolute shock. I'm no Belieber nor do I care to weigh in about the allegations against Bieber...

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Doctor, Please Don't Judge Me Because I Live With Anxiety

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 9:48 PM

We all have one or two of them: An underlying health problem. It could be something really annoying all the way up to something potentially life-threatening. We tend to get asked about underlying health problems whenever we meet with a new doctor or specialist or pay a visit to a...

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Being Gay Isn't Why I'm Depressed

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 11:02 AM

It's a fact that we live in a world that is constantly seeking answers, even for the smallest of challenges. Therefore, we tend to wonder what causes illnesses; researchers and scientists are spending billions of dollars worldwide to figure out what causes the most debilitating and terminal illnesses to help...

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Stop Using Our Personal Mental Health Records Against Us

(4) Comments | Posted December 7, 2013 | 10:40 PM

Independence and privacy: These are two very valuable things that we cherish in our daily lives; many of us have a habit of taking them for granted. But for those with mental illness like myself it appears as if we now have to fight vigorously to maintain our independence and...

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Inside My Depression

(6) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 9:51 PM

Whenever I give speeches or interviews to the media I'm almost always asked what it feels like to have depression. I usually tell people this: Imagine how you felt on the absolute worst day of your life when something really bad happened to you or somebody you love. Now take...

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I Got Bullied on a Panel About Mental Health

(5) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 11:11 AM

Something I spend a lot of time doing as a mental health advocate is sitting on advisory committees and panels. The bodies tend to bring together those with life experience in one room and advise the organization on a number of issues. Sometimes its advising them on changes and reform...

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Rob Ford Has the Right to Deal With His Issues in Private

(15) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 11:30 AM

Anybody who knows me knows I love to talk about politics. I could talk to you about municipal, provincial and federal politics until the wee hours of the morning. One of my friends says my face lights up and my speech becomes faster whenever I talk about politics. While only...

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Why Aren't Youth Workers Regulated in Ontario?

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 8:06 AM

From the time I was nine years old until I turned 18, I lived in 16 different group homes and foster homes. I know what you're thinking -- I moved more during my childhood than what most people do in a lifetime. While these multiple moves are hard to explain,...

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Canada's Two-Tiered Mental Health System

(5) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Last week, my Twitter followers and friends witnessed what some are calling are a mental health crisis and what others are citing as a major personal breakdown. Heck, even one of my friends suggested I went "all Charlie Sheen" over social media. The events that led up to...

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The Cost of Running Group Homes for Youth Needs To Change

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 7:51 AM

While most people begin their weekend feeling happy that the work week is over and leisure time is beginning, I have begun my two carefree days feeling devastated. I learned through the media that a residential treatment program for youth (aka group home) in Welland, Ontario run by Family And...

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How Well Do Police Deal With Mentally Ill People?

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 12:19 PM

It is the story of the summer that has dominated headlines, has invoked debate, and has the country divided. I'm talking about the death of Sammy Yatim, the young man who was killed when Toronto police shot him after responding to calls of an individual being aggressive towards passengers on...

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It Doesn't Matter What You Call Us - Stigma Hurts

(5) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 11:16 PM

During my time as a mental health advocate I have spent many hours learning and discussing the ways to engage with those involved first-hand in the system. What is typically a point of contention at any advisory panel I've sat on or chaired that involves people with lived experience is...

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Stand By Me Always: Mental Illness and Fairweather Friends

(18) Comments | Posted August 3, 2013 | 9:38 PM

Anybody who has mental illness knows that we all have all our good days and our bad days. For some reason my good days seem to go by fast while my bad days feel as if they drag on. However, I know a bad day will soon turn into a...

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Why My Employer's Acceptance of My Mental Illness Is Good For My Mental Health

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 8:04 PM

It is a topic I have blogged and spoken publicly about extensively; how do we make our workplaces friendlier to those with mental illness? It is a loaded question and while I've offered up my share of suggestions I have never pretended to have all the answers. I've worked in...

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As a Crown Ward, the Province Was My Parent

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Something many people have asked me is "How does one become a mental health advocate?" I don't believe there's a magical recipe, it sort of just happened for me. While I can't answer when and how it happened I can tell you where it happened. When I was nine years...

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