The Real Me

Despite progress made toward eradicating the stigma around mental health and mental illness, for persons with lived experience, choosing whether or not to disclose remains an important and difficult decision. After careful consideration of the pros and cons, I decided to disclose my mental illness in September 2015 through Toddcast Season 1 Episode 2 and … Continued

About Darlene Marion

In 2015, I decided to disclose that I live with mental illness by sharing my story publicly through a Toddcast (http://www.toddlyons.ca/2015/09/toddcast-season-1-episode-2-mental.html). Although it wasn't easy, it was necessary. It allowed me to start living my life without shame or guilt or fear. By sharing my story, I want to help eliminate stigma and spread the message of hope and recovery.


#NeverGiveUp

I had the pleasure of collaborating with the Future Leaders of Ontario, an interdepartmental network of federal public service employees from across Ontario, committed to supporting professional development and growth. The end result is part of the #MinuteMentoring series and a product that I am very proud of, the #NeverGiveUp video. The video begins with a … Continued

About Darlene Marion

In 2015, I decided to disclose that I live with mental illness by sharing my story publicly through a Toddcast (http://www.toddlyons.ca/2015/09/toddcast-season-1-episode-2-mental.html). Although it wasn't easy, it was necessary. It allowed me to start living my life without shame or guilt or fear. By sharing my story, I want to help eliminate stigma and spread the message of hope and recovery.


Spirituality and Well-Being

The preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as a state of “physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” However, in the paper entitled “Spirituality in the Definition of Health The World Health Organization’s Point of View”, M.H. Khayat writes that “there was a general … Continued

About Darlene Marion

In 2015, I decided to disclose that I live with mental illness by sharing my story publicly through a Toddcast (http://www.toddlyons.ca/2015/09/toddcast-season-1-episode-2-mental.html). Although it wasn't easy, it was necessary. It allowed me to start living my life without shame or guilt or fear. By sharing my story, I want to help eliminate stigma and spread the message of hope and recovery.


I have a mental illness, but mental illness doesn’t have me

For most of my 48 years, the reverse was true. I had no idea that I had a mental illness and poor mental health and as a result, the world was a very dark place. But with a strong faith, stubbornness and support, my life has transformed. My name is Darlene and thanks to Healthy Minds … Continued

About Darlene Marion

In 2015, I decided to disclose that I live with mental illness by sharing my story publicly through a Toddcast (http://www.toddlyons.ca/2015/09/toddcast-season-1-episode-2-mental.html). Although it wasn't easy, it was necessary. It allowed me to start living my life without shame or guilt or fear. By sharing my story, I want to help eliminate stigma and spread the message of hope and recovery.