How to get help for mental illness in Ontario
Coping with mental illness is one thing. Navigating the health-care system is another.
Keith Bundock isn’t sure when his life started falling apart.
He might’ve been 35, or maybe 40. During that time, his marriage was breaking down and his church was closing up. His support network was suddenly gone, and he was having odd, unsettling feelings of fogginess and confusion.
Even stranger, though, was that Bundock often didn’t feel much at all.
It wasn’t until a suicide attempt left him in a psychiatric ward that the east-end resident learned what was really going on: He was coping with severe chronic depression.
“Looking back, I can see little flashes of it throughout life — I didn’t understand it,” Bundock, now 53, recalls. “I didn’t associate what I was feeling with a mental illness.”