Holly: ‘It’s really scary and tough, but we don’t know what’s causing it.’

Coming soon to CBC Gem.

Holly’s life is severely impacted by mental illness. She experiences symptoms of psychosis, which have delayed her academic progress and put an "invisible barrier" between her and her friends. 

She spends a lot of time with doctors, trying to find the cause of her psychosis.

She feels frustrated and can’t always express her thoughts with words. But Holly has learned to manage the darkness through her art, which has become a place of solace and a source of empowerment.


The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment resistant mental illness.

Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-866-996-0991

In Crisis? Call the Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600.

The Griffin Centre (416-222-1153) offers a range of professional services including; assessment, service coordination and planning, individual, family and group counselling, specialized day/residential services and respite services for vulnerable youth and adults with mental health challenges and/or developmental disabilities and their families

Arts Health Network Canada champions engagement and participation in the arts as a path to improved health, healing, and wellbeing for all Canadians. 

Kids Help Phone (1-800-688-6868) is a 24/7 national counselling hotline for youth. From Wednesday to Sunday, a counsellor is available online or through the Always There mobile app. Hours are 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. EST.

To call a crisis centre, Your Life Counts and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) have comprehensive lists of centres across Canada that are operating help lines. 

BeanBagChat allows young people (aged 16 - 29) to speak with another young peer supporter about whatever's on their mind, from the comfort of their own device.

Youth Space runs online and text messaging counselling every night, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. PST. Services are free, but texting rates may apply.

YouthInBC.com provides youth resources on their website and an online chat service where you can chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer, operated by the Crisis Centre of BC.

Mental Health Services (1-866-531-2600) connects callers with mental health and addiction resources in Ontario. They can be reached by phone, email, or web chat. Their search engine has a database of relevant services and organizations in the province.

Children's Mental Health Ontario is the association representing Ontario's publicly-funded Child and Youth Mental Health Centres. 

Sick Not Weak is a not-for-profit corporation that helps people understand that mentalillness is a sickness, not a weakness. 

The Native Youth Crisis Hotline (1-877-209-1266) is available for any First Nations youth in crisis or looking for referrals.

Naseeha (1-866-627-3342) is a helpline for Muslim youth across North America, available weekday nights.

Season 2 episodes