A lot has changed since then.
Once a recipient of mental health services, today Priscilla works in peer support services at the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), using her personal experience to help others who are struggling.
“There are way too many people in this world for anyone to feel isolated, alone, or disconnected. It’s not about mental health, illness, or diagnoses; it’s about creating a community. We’re giving people a sense of belonging, something bigger than themselves, and you can’t put a price on that,” she says.
She encourages those who are struggling to reach out and ask for help.
“Mental illness is a disease like anything else. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. You aren’t alone in this. There is a community of people going through the same thing, and we’re here to help.”
She’s extremely grateful to United Way donors for providing resources that enable agencies like CMHA to help people enhance their mental health, build resiliency, and recover from mental illness.
“When you donate to United Way, it’s people’s lives that you are improving, or saving. I don’t know if I would be standing here today if it wasn’t for partnerships like United Way and CMHA.”