My CHEO Story
I am the patient in my family. I have accessed many CHEO services, mostly eating disorders, mental health, gender diversity, the ED, and adolescent medicine. I have been on 4 North, 6 East, and 6 North and have had meaningful connections with a lot of the youth there. I have accessed all of these services on and off for 4 years now, less so now than in the past. I continue to have outpatient support, but definitely not as much as I used to.
Why I'm involved
I want to get involved in this work, first and foremost, to advance lived experience and youth voices in research projects and in communication of research. I have observed with my lived experience what impacts research can have in treatment, especially in areas that are as elusive and rapidly evolving as mental health and eating disorders. I have seen new, more effective programs open that are based on up and coming research and I want to be a part of that process. It’s an added bonus that I get to keep up to date with research, develop many professional skills, and get to have new experiences.