Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Caitlyn Oshawa, Ontario

Fair address: Durham Regional Fair

Project: The Dark History of Mental Asylums

In the 18th and 19th century the mentally ill were treated with no respect and were tortured beyond belief. The purpose of my project is to get the word out about how they were treated, so that we can be the voice for those that don't always have one

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting things ive learned from my project was that back in 18th and 19th century, there was really no research or funding put into mental health. This led to unsanitary residence and brutal/inhumane treatment.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Important lessons I have learned from my project were that we need to be the voice for those that don't have one. Also, that one person (with will power and strength) can change the course of the future for many.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Its very hard to put myself in the shoes of mental asylum patients in the 18th and 19th century because I have, thankfully, never had to experience anything near the trauma they were put through. However, now we have more individualized care for each different mental health disorder and with this comes more funding, respect and knowledge of mental health. Also, now we have more advocates for people with disorders to ensure they are heard and in good conditions.

  • Ivy Ling

    It was very interesting and your poem was very original.
    30/06/2017 5:37:37 PM

  • Brianna Barrett (Young Citizen)

    Very informative. Your project included facts that I have never heard of before. Amazing work!
    24/06/2017 8:39:39 AM

  • Deardra Leslie

    All I can say is wow Caitlyn! I had no idea of the hurt, shame and disgrace brought to the mentally challenged. You have chosen a topic not spoken about very often and congratulations to you! You are a winner no matter the results!
    13/06/2017 9:24:41 PM

  • Shelley Lywood

    Amazing report
    13/06/2017 5:32:33 PM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
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