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Lauren Sees a Future

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At the age of 17, at a time when classmates were looking forward to graduating, Lauren didn’t think it was possible. “It was really hard for me to go to school. I guess it was like, if I am just going to get back into bed, what’s the point of getting out of bed?”

After seeking guidance at school for anxiety, Lauren was referred to a new in-school resource available through a partnership with North Simcoe Muskoka CCAC’s Mental Health and Addictions Nursing (MHAN) program. Here, Lauren met Melissa, a CCAC Mental Health and Addictions Nurse. “It was easy to develop a relationship with Melissa. It was scary at first because at that time I didn’t want people to know that I was suffering. She explained to me that everything was private and confidential, and she really listened to me,” shares Lauren.

“The depression – I uncovered accidently. There was a certain point that I quit hiding that I was sad, and when I was sad I would let people know.” When Lauren shared that she felt unsafe, she was admitted to hospital. Once home on new medication, she worked on coping strategies with Melissa and was able to return to school. “Phil Collins, outside of personal life, is my biggest support. His music spoke to me,” expresses Lauren. “Graduating was a huge success. I don’t know who’s prouder – my parents or me. It’s crazy to look back on. There was a point that I thought high school would never end.”

“I am most proud of the fact that I am still here. That I am alive. There was a time I didn’t see a future for myself. I am pretty proud of the fact that the bad thoughts didn’t win after being depressed for a couple of years. I think people like Melissa are really crucial to have – if you don’t have a supportive family like I do, you need someone to turn to. Loneliness was a big factor for me in the depression.”

 


Key Facts Icon - Website.jpgClose to 300 students were referred and received care from the MHAN program.

Over 1,580 nursing visits supported high school students in their care transitions and wellness.

 

 

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