Simon talks about his experience volunteering in the Research Department and encourages students who are looking for research opportunities in mental health to look into Ontario Shores.
Simon: So working at Ontario Shores, there’s actually a couple of different things. When you major in mental health you hear the name pop out a lot. I also worked as a security guard on the psych-ward at another hospital and I also heard the name there. Finally, I was determined to work in a research unit at a mental health related hospital. And through a series of networks with my professors I landed here.
Ontario Shores is a really unique community. The people here are just absolutely phenomenal and whoever you bump into no matter what job you do, they make you feel like whatever you’re doing is really important.
Being here is a great experience because Ontario Shores is on the forefront of the current revolution of mental health. Being a part of the research unit, you get to also be a part of the research of the tools that are going to be important in the future of mental health.
I encourage students who are looking for research opportunities in mental health to look into Ontario Shores. You get to experience the best of both worlds. You get to both be part of the patient interaction part and on the forefront of cutting edge research.
Something that they really drill into you in the research department here is that patients are and always will be people first.
Narrator: One in four Canadians is affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. For more information about mental illness or Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences visit ontarioshores.ca.