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Published on Oct 2, 2014
Lindsay was a successful Bay Street litigator when mental illness struck suddenly, unexpectedly and severely. Since then, with the support of her family, friends, and a team of medical professionals, she has survived numerous profoundly suicidal episodes.
Lindsay is now a passionate advocate for mental health. Her journey as an advocate began as a deputant to the Toronto Transit Commission on the need for platform-level distress lines. The result was ground-breaking TTC/Distress Centres/Bell Canada “Crisis Link” Program. She also recently joined the Board of the Distress Centres, and has spoken on several occasions about her experiences, including to nearly 2,000 motorcycle riders in the B.A.D. (Bikers Against Despair) Ride.
Lindsay has experienced the impact of mental illness on her career, and felt its stigma through her own initial belief that she could recover through sheer willpower, and the loss of friends after her diagnosis. Lindsay now knows that individuals experiencing mental illness need support and she is convinced that the stigma can be overcome through the sharing of information and lived experiences.
For Lindsay, ACT!ON is an important part of recovery.