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Arthur Gallant

Mental-health advocate

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 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)
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CHCH Job Cuts May Hit Mute On Mental Illness

Resources are being cut and this gives me reason to be afraid. Producers will no longer have as much time to seek out people like me, and I believe instead they'll resort to their usual talking heads who can't relate or provide the same commentary as somebody with living with mental illness.
12/15/2015 04:55 EST
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People With Mental Illness Need a Say in Their Own Future

People with lived experience like myself have historically been excluded from being on the same committees, councils and boards as the people who are in charge of making decisions that will affect and impact people like us the most. After many years of waiting, we're finally starting to see organizations comprised solely of people with lived experience and -- even more rarely -- bodies with representation from patients, their families and healthcare professionals. It has always puzzled me as to how you could have committees and councils dedicated to patients with mental illness without having anybody from their community on them -- and it appears those who are working to improve Canada's health system are realizing this as well.
09/17/2015 12:18 EDT
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The Media Needs to Address Suicide

In my opinion, the media has a responsibility for helping to push social justice issues forward. While we should always be remembered for how we lived and not how we died we need to call a spade a spade. Let's take away the fear and stigma out of talking about suicide.
07/30/2015 05:31 EDT
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We Must Change the Way We Talk About Suicide

The majority of people refer to the act of somebody taking their own life as "committing suicide." We tend to most often use the word "commit" when it comes to the act of carrying out a crime. The act of suicide was once a crime but its now widely known that suicide is most often the result of mental illness.
07/25/2015 10:29 EDT
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Police Chiefs Must Remove the Stigma From Talking About Mental Health

I am genuinely worried about the mental health of police officers across Canada (and around the world for that matter). It absolutely appalls me that there are officers across the country taking their own lives -- some with their service-issued gun. Police chiefs across the country need to get really creative to ensure another member of their forces do not take their own lives. One way we can help to facilitate this much-needed change is by talking. We need to take the sting out of talking about mental illness. None of us would be ashamed to admit we have a physical illness, so why are we so afraid to talk about our mental illnesses?
05/12/2015 12:37 EDT
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Youth In Care Should Not Be Criminalized

Enough is enough Ontario, kids in care are society's children and we all must be ashamed at the care and treatment they are receiving. These kids have enough on their plate, the last thing they need is to become criminalized. Our child protection system needs to steer kids away from a life of crime but instead they're doing quite the opposite.
03/24/2015 05:27 EDT
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What Is Love? Just Ask My Mom

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...
03/15/2015 10:46 EDT
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Why Don't We Have Walk-in Clinics for People With Mental Illness?

It's 2015 and in Canada we, as a society, still haven't come to the realization that people with mental illness can still have urgent and immediate psychiatric and psychological needs without it being deemed life-threatening. There are no decent services available to people who need immediate non-hospital psychiatric care. If you're in a mental health crisis and want immediate care you either need to call the police or present yourself to the emergency room.
02/02/2015 05:43 EST