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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)
Trudeau's Assisted Dying Bill Made Me Regret Voting

Trudeau's Assisted Dying Bill Made Me Regret Voting Liberal

With all of Trudeau's modern and progressive ways of dealing with issues, I thought including people with mental illness in Bill C-14 was a certainty. I thought wrong. Instead, the legislation will only apply to people whose death is "reasonably foreseeable" and is "suffering intolerably."
05/19/2016 11:14 EDT
CHCH Job Cuts May Hit Mute On Mental

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
People With Mental Illness Need a Say in Their Own

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
Stop Blaming Mental Illness for America's

Stop Blaming Mental Illness for America's Shootings

I will acknowledge that people with mental illness have committed some terrible crimes from time to time but statistically speaking people with mental illness are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than they are to commit one.
08/06/2015 12:54 EDT
The Media Needs to Address

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
We Must Change the Way We Talk About

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
Police Chiefs Must Remove the Stigma From Talking About Mental

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
Youth In Care Should Not Be

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
What Is Love? Just Ask My

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
03/15/2015 10:46 EDT
People With Mental Illness Have Rights

People With Mental Illness Have Rights Too

No doctor (or anybody for that reason) should have the power to lock somebody up and take away their freedom without allowing the patient's voice to be heard. A tribunal such as the Consent and Capacity Board protects us all.
03/11/2015 12:51 EDT
People With Mental Illness Deserve To Die With Dignity

People With Mental Illness Deserve To Die With Dignity Too

I have advocated extensively for mental illness to be treated and looked at the same as physical illnesses. That's why if we're going to accept physician assisted-suicide as an appropriate remedy for people suffering from an irremediable physical illness then we must accept this to be an appropriate remedy for people living with mental illness.
02/08/2015 05:58 EST
Why Don't We Have Walk-in Clinics for People With Mental

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
The Holidays Aren't a Happy Time for

The Holidays Aren't a Happy Time for Everybody

So when you're sitting at the dinner table eating turkey dinner for the tenth time or struggling to find room for all those new presents, consider yourself grateful. Please don't take anything you have for granted. What you consider such a normal part of the holidays are things people like me dream about and yearn for.
12/21/2014 03:01 EST
Not Everyone Who Commits Terrible Crimes Has Mental

Not Everyone Who Commits Terrible Crimes Has Mental Illness

A lot of people who end up committing terrible crimes belong in jails -- not mental hospitals. Studies show the majority of people with mental illness are not violent and in fact are more likely to be a victim of a violent crime then commit one. Yes, some people with mental illness commit violent crimes but the majority of people who commit these same crimes are perfectly sane.
10/25/2014 11:42 EDT
Police Officers Need Help With Mental Health Issues

Police Officers Need Help With Mental Health Issues Too

To the police officers reading this I have a message for you: You are strong. Getting help is not a sign of weakness: it is a sign of strength. Please do not suffer alone, just as you expect civilians to seek you out for help you yourselves must also get help and its OK to do so.
09/28/2014 08:52 EDT