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How to Talk to Crazy People By Donna Kakonge Reviewed by Joseph Maldonado, MS

How to Talk to Crazy People By Donna Kakonge Reviewed by Joseph Maldonado, MS Many different types of people, for many different reasons, read memoirs about mental illness. Some may be suffering from an illness themselves and are looking for guidance or inspiration. Some may have questions as a result of their friend’s or family member’s suffering. Others may be professionals in the mental health field. Then there are those […]

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Book Review on “How to Talk to a Crazy People”

By Kathy Milton-Tapley Donna Kakonge’s new book on “How to Talk to a Crazy People” gives a rare and honest account of mania, depression and psychosis.  She depicts a revolving-door syndrome of being admitted to psychiatric  hospitals, when she refuses to take her medication.  Donna searches for relief from bipolar mood disorder in dreams, mediums, channelling, many boyfriends, frequently changing jobs, and travel to Uganda. 

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Press release for the 9th Annual Simply People Disability Celebration‏

Please find attached the press release for the Simply People 2012 event. Whether or not your organization has decided to participate this year, we would ask for you help in forwarding the press release to all interested parties. The Simply People event on October 4th represents an important opportunity to show support for the community of people with disabilities in the Toronto area, and to increase awareness of disability issues […]

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October is Lupus Awareness Month… yet lupus remains under-recognized and under-funded

October 04, 2011 @ 10:00AM Markham, ON – The first new treatment in 50 years has brought increased awareness across Canada of Lupus and its impact on patients and their families. This is great news for Lupus Canada and its provincial partners as we work towards a vision of life without Lupus. Known as ‘The Disease with 1000 Faces”, lupus affects tens of thousands of Canadian men, women, and children. […]

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Destigmatizing Mental Illness: Mental Illness Awareness Week October 2-8, 2011

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health promotes mental illness awareness, announces recipients of Ninth Annual Champions of Mental Health Awards September 30, 2011 @ 08:00AM Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is getting ready to kick-off Mental Illness Awareness Week 2011 on October 2rd – a week dedicated to raising awareness of the level of mental illness in Canada and reducing […]

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OISE/University of Toronto Event

“Why Disability Studies?” Wednesday, July 20th, 5:30-7:30 OISE Library, Main Floor, 252 Bloor Street West, U of T, Toronto Above the St. George Subway Stop Explore the significance of disability studies for our scholarly, creative and everyday lives with panel members Free, Open, Refreshments, Accessible, ASL provided Panel & Public Discussion with: Dr. Nirmala Erevelles, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies, University of Alabama Dr. Dan Goodley, Psychology […]

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Long Road to Overcoming Celiac Disease

by Julie Wendell I’ve always had significant digestive problems my entire life. In fact, when I was an infant, my parents lovingly called me “diarrhea-baby”. By the time I was in kindergarten, my mom was tired of my complaining about having a stomachache every day, so she finally took me to see the doctor, who diagnosed me with lactose intolerance and completely cut out dairy from my diet. So throughout […]

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LIVING WITH FIBROMYALGIA

    by Julie Wendell “Mommy, open this, please?”, my 3-year-old son asked as he handed me a cereal bar early one morning. I tried to tear off the top of the wrapper, but my fingers would not move or grasp the wrapper! Terrified, I tried opening it again, but to no avail. I had lost all strength in both of my hands! As calmly as I could, I asked […]

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The Entrepreneur

“Back in about 1993, when I was 23-years-old, started experiencing muscle spasms in my leg and it would last for about a minute,” says Stephan Bevan CEO of Adventure Capitalism. “In January I met my wife, and we have been married for about 17 and a half years.” In January 1994, Bevan experienced the muscle spasm. It was so bad he had to lie down on the ground while shoveling […]

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LIZARD IN THE YARD

On the dirt, road children walk bare-footed and chickens are loose from their cages on the volcanic isle of St.Vincent. The silence was a distraction. My mind was flitting about, like a flirtatious girl’s hair. I looked out from the porch and didn’t see pigeons, or streetlights, or concrete sidewalks. I realised how much I missed home. A plane ticket to St. Vincent was a 14th birthday gift from my […]

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I Can’t Hear You.

Written by: Jennifer Winters Sirens, shattered glass, and babies crying are all sounds that a deaf person is unlikely to ever hear. Unfortunately in today’s society ignorant people still exist and fail to acknowledge that people who are deaf are no different than anyone else. Gratefully, there is a Deaf community that is simply a group of people that share and express their concerns, language, and experience. A personal interest […]

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Social Awkwardness

Written by: Jennifer Winters The thought of not being apart of society or not fitting in can start at such an early age and unfortunately continue through adulthood. Getting bullied, talked down, abused any one of these things probably more can develop into social awkwardness. It is quite sad how society as a whole reacts to people that socially awkward. People who suffer from social awkwardness are described as “active […]

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Simply People Festival – July 20th

By Paul Santos Hundreds to gather at Nathan Phillips Square on July 20th at the 7th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto TORONTO—To mark the 7th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto, Simply People: Celebrating Our Lives & Identities, hundreds will gather at Nathan Phillips Square on July 20th from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. This free outdoor event is open for all to attend (rain or shine). On stage, there will […]

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HARD AND ABLE 2010, JUNE 29TH BUDDIES IN BAD TIME THEATRE

HARD AND ABLE 2010, JUNE 29TH BUDDIES IN BAD TIME THEATRE with ASL interpretation !! After our last year’s event was a SOLD OUT success, we’re back with the “2nd annual Hard & Able: celebrating queer disability” and this time as part of Buddies’ Queer Pride Festival 12 Alexander St. just east of Yonge, Toronto, ON Come on out on a Tuesday, June 29th 8:00 pm to be entertained by […]

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Plastic Makes Perfect

By Chris Temelkos Plastic surgery is becoming more popular among young and old alike. We are now able to fix our imperfections to our liking and become real-life Barbie’s and Ken’s. With a variety of magazines and television shows dedicated to cosmetic surgery and society’s love of celebrity, humanity is much more accepting of plastic surgery and some are even addicted to it. I feel that making the big decision […]

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Februrary – The Month of Celebrity Suicide

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 Online Story 5 By Angela Rotundo Headline: February – The month of Celebrity Suicide As the end of the month came near, February proved to be the most depressing month of the year thus far. In the closing weeks, there were three celebrity-related suicide deaths, proving that even the lifestyles of the rich and famous cannot escape the demons that come with depression. The first to […]

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Paralympics

OLYMPICS VS. PARALYMPICS Sarina Adamo En retard. French. Adj. To be late or behind schedule. Canada est en retard. It is safe to say that North America is also en retard. Technologically speaking we are fairly quick with posting news online. However, we are not the greatest at keeping up with the Paralympics despite them being posted and streamed live online. NBC’s Olympics website registered 4.8 million viewers for the […]

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