Shedding light on mental health and disability



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    Etobicoke, ON MR9 4C8

    Contact: Michelle McClure, Executive Director


    Phone: 416-650-6207


    Shedding light on mental health and disability


    Toronto, ON- August 1, 2015- When it comes to mental health awareness, the needs of those living with disability and chronic illness are often forgotten, yet according to an Australian study, more than half of people living with disability also suffer with serious mental health issues. 


    In the spirit of the 2015 Toronto Parapan Am Games, Healthy Minds Canada is hosting a panel discussion that will explore the lived-experience and obstacles overcome by Canadians living with both physical disabilities and mental illness. This event will be held August 5th at Toronto’s TELUS Tower (25 York Street), and will feature 2007 Parapan & 2002/06 Paralympian, Paul Rosen as moderator. Panelists, Robin Simmons of the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, and Sarah Evans of Ability Online will explore the unique challenges faced by Canadians living with physical disabilities and mental illness.


    Sarah Evans, a passionate mental health and disability advocate states, “There are many resources available to people with mental health issues, but if you have a disability, nobody wants to accommodate your physical needs to allow you to participate in group sessions. Having a disability is a very isolating experience, so being told you cannot join a group mental health session because of your disability is really disheartening.” 


    Physical Disabilities & Mental Illness is the second in a series of public education initiatives that have been designed to raise awareness of mental health challenges, shed light on available resources, and offer strategies for incorporating mental wellness into everyday life.                      





    AbilityOnline is a free, safe and fully monitored online community for youth and young adults living with disability or long-term illness. Their web community provides resources and social support for families and professionals as well. Visit for more information.


    Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) is a national charity that raises funds to support mental health research and education, and to raise awareness into and about mental illness and addictions. See more at: