The Spirit of Caring

Local filmmaker Annalisa Russell-Smith created this beautiful award-winning series of films on CMHA. 



Watch Lindsay and her mother Michele tell their heartwarming story.


During the past three years, Maggie* has been somewhat of a nomad, living in shelters, with friends, in hotel rooms, and other places most of us would never call home. But for Maggie, where she lands on a particular night is her home. She has faced much adversity in her life, losing one of her best friends in the past year, as well as losing family members. She has been hospitalized countless times for a variety of reasons, almost always stemming from past trauma and depression. And yet, she perseveres. She has built a strong support network around her, as her personality is one that cannot be ignored.


The Peter Sutton* of today is far from the individual he once was.  Peter spent many years in the community undiagnosed, un-medicated, and a danger to himself and others. Today, through the treatment and support he has received at CMHA’s Intensive Assertive Community Treatment Team (IACTT), Peter is thriving.  He has made significant strides and continues to exceed expectations of staff and himself.