Mental health education at young age key in reducing stigma: experts

Watch Above: 19-year-old Becca Cala has been verbally and physically abused yet she’s speaking openly about her mental health. Crystal Goomansingh reports.

TORONTO – Becca Cala says that despite her multiple diagnosed mental health illnesses, she has learned to play the violin to “release her energy in a healthy way.”

“Ask anyone who knows me now and they will tell you I am the happiest girl ever because I know I am getting the right support and help that I need,” she said.

Cala has been diagnosed with illnesses including Tourette Syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), pervasive developmental disorder and ADHD.

The 19-year-old’s story won an anti-stigma contest hosted annually by Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO).

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The YouTube video contest Change the View is held during Children’s Mental Health Week. The contest asks youth across Ontario to make a short video that shows how we can all take the stigma out of kids’ mental health issues like stress, depression, ADHD, bullying and psychosis.

“People on the bus laugh at me, move away from me, start filming me on their phones or tell the driver I am intoxicated,” she said in the …read more

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Mental health education at young age key in reducing stigma: experts