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.

In 2014 Arthur was appointed to Ontario's Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council.

Arthur has been 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, CHCH's Square Off, and an educational video for the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario Chapter)

Arthur currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Stop Blaming Mental Illness for America's Shootings

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 11:41 AM

The time has come for me to repeat a confession I made last year: I love ABC's The View. Some of my friends might even say I'm obsessed with The View.

The show's most popular segment is Hot Topics where the hosts share their view on decisive issues dividing...

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The Media Needs to Address Suicide

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 5:31 PM

In order to eliminate stigma, we must be open and honest about suicide and mental illness. This is something I've said (or variations of it) publicly at least a thousand times. Other mental health advocates have said it too over the years and people (in particular the media) just aren't...

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We Must Change the Way We Talk About Suicide

(21) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 10:28 AM

The majority of people refer to the act of somebody taking their own life as "committing suicide." I've heard lots of my fellow mental health advocates correct people and the media and have said using the term "committed suicide" is offensive and politically incorrect. Instead, they've asked people to say...

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Police Chiefs Must Remove the Stigma From Talking About Mental Health

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 12:36 PM

I'm not ashamed to admit that when I was a teenager I had a lot of interactions with the police because of my mental illness. I'd have a mental breakdown or a bout of psychosis and my group home would call the police to transport me to the hospital. The...

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Youth In Care Should Not Be Criminalized

(4) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 5:27 PM

I've always believed that in order to be good at something, you must be driven. Driven by the will and the want to succeed, driven by tragedy or heartache, driven because you're the underdog, or driven because you simply want to do better.

I was driven to become a paralegal...

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What Is Love? Just Ask My Mom

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 10:46 PM

I am a firm believer that while mental illnesses may be defined by some as a disability, it can also frequently enable people such as my mother and I. There isn't much I have in common with my mother but one thing we both have is a mental illness. I...

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People With Mental Illness Have Rights Too

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 12:50 PM

The rights of people living with mental illness is a cause I am extremely proud to champion because it has personally affected my family and me. For so long people living with mental illness were treated like animals, they were locked up and shielded from society. My 63-year-old mother was...

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People With Mental Illness Deserve To Die With Dignity Too

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 4:58 PM

Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a historic ruling and one that will likely become apart of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin's legacy. I'm talking about the court's ruling (Carter v. Canada) that strikes down a ban on a doctor assisting a patient in taking their...

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Why Don't We Have Walk-in Clinics for People With Mental Illness?

(24) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 4:54 PM

We've all been there, we've all had some sort of medical ailment that plagues us so badly that, while non-life threatening, it still requires immediate medical attention.

Here in Canada we have walk-in clinics and urgent-care centres open seven days a week (some even 24 hours a day) to...

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The Holidays Aren't a Happy Time for Everybody

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 2:01 PM

For so many people, Christmas and the overall holiday season is one of the happiest times of the year. Some people spend all year preparing for this time of year. But for many people like myself, Christmas is my least favourite time of the year and I spend all year...

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Not Everyone Who Commits Terrible Crimes Has Mental Illness

(37) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 11:42 PM

Like the rest of Canada, I was particularly horrified to learn of the events that happened in Ottawa. As I was sitting in my classroom learning about torts and contracts I was also reading tweets in real-time about shootings at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier/War Memorial and inside the...

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Police Officers Need Help With Mental Health Issues Too

(7) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 8:52 PM

As I sit around my dining room table eating my dinner and doing my homework I have learned there will be one less person sitting at the dining room table of an Ottawa-area family. The Ottawa Citizen is reporting Staff Sgt. Kal Ghadban of the Ottawa Police Service...

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When Helping a Friend With Mental Illness, Know Your Limits

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 12:10 PM

As a self-defined 'mental health advocate' I am constantly asked by readers of this blog, social media followers, and the media to give advice to anybody who has a family member or friend with mental illness. Using my experience, what works and what doesn't? I feel obligated to follow my...

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If We Always Talked About Suicide This Much, We'd Be Better Off

(6) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:50 AM

Anybody who knows me knows Mrs. Doubtfire is my favourite movie of all time. When I tell people that they look surprised and go "Really?" Though I haven't been counting I estimate to have watched the movie at least 1,000 times. I feel as if I can relate to it...

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Doug Ford Is Wrong: Group Homes Thrive In Neighborhoods

(32) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 11:31 PM

For the past two years I have used this space to blog about a wide range of issues in my role as a mental health advocate. Sometimes I've shared deep and personal details about my life and other times I've suggested ways in which we can all advance the mental...

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Regrets --- I Have None

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 10:05 PM

I'd like to think I'm a little young to be blogging about this yet I find it interesting as well. I was recently asked by my therapist if there are any events in my life that I regret. Do I regret being born? Do I regret the fact that my...

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Not Everyone With Mental Illness Needs Medication

(7) 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.

I write this post with...

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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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