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RECOVERY from mental illness is possible ... with safe and affordable housing and appropriate supports.

Affordable housing for the mentally ill

Since there is a shortage of affordable housing for the people with mental illness, the Government should expand the number of safe, affordable independent housing units in order make recovery possible.


The Federal Government should increase the funding for provincial governments and non-profit groups to provide housing for the mentally ill.

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Read the following personal stories of people who suffer from mental illness. Some stories are about recovery … others are not. All of them can help us better understand what it must be like to suffer from mental illness and appeal to us to support ways of improving the quality of their lives. We believe one of the most powerful resources is to hear the stories of those who have experienced recovery. That is why we have posted stories of some folks who have experienced severe emotional anguish, sometimes call “mental illness” and who are on the road to recover. Their words can tell you most clearly about the road to recover. 

Arthur’s Story

  1. This video tells the story of a fellow named Arthur and shows the tremendous impact a home can have on recovery.  In November 2011,after 10 years of living on the streets,Arthur moved into Coast Mental Health’s supported housing facility in Dunbar.  It is the generosity of St Andrew’s/Wesley United Church that has helped make stories like these possible.

Famous people suffering from mental illness. Click HERE.


Stories about mental illness and problem-solving

Emma’s story 

Michael Shratter – Lifting the Veil of Mental Illness

DAPHNE MERKIN – My Life in Therapy


Other stories about mental illness

Ashley Smith’s story

Ben Nelson’s story

CBC’s Scott Oake shares story of his son’s fatal addiction

Clara Hughes’ story

Danielle’s story

Daron Richardson’s story

Dustin GarronNEW

Expert in mental illness – reveals her own fight

Family matters: Surviving the bi-polar disorder

Gordon Brown’s story

Heather’s story

Jeff’s story

Kevin’s story

Kyle’s story 

Living with bi-polar disorder

Laurie Pinard – NEW 

Maggie – suffering in silence

Margaret Trudeau’s story

Marie needing mental assessment

Mark Vonnegut’s story

Mary’s story

Melissa Shawanoo

Michael Wilson’s story

Paranoid Schizophrenia – A story

Peter’s story

Rick Rypien