About the Author
In her third year of university, Kristin Legault is an undergraduate psychology student at King’s University College at Western University. Kristin intends on pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist, helping others. Kristin has struggled with depression and anxiety since she was 13 years old. That diagnosis was changed to bipolar disorder after a mixed episode during her first year of university. Her ongoing struggles with mental illness motivated her to take action.
To make things better for others, Kristin started writing letters to the editor in 2015 about the shortcomings of mental health care. Her advocacy on behalf of other mental health patients has continued in the media and through ongoing communication with community groups, online forums, MPPs, MPs, and other government agencies. In 2016, she participated in a video produced by London Health Sciences Centre to help their staff better support patients with mental illness. Knowing the confusion and frustration that comes from growing up with mental health challenges, in 2016, she wrote and published a series of children’s books, one each on: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD. Teaming up with a local teacher, Kristin created a comprehensive educational package for teachers to use in their classroom. She recently has partnered with the Rotary Club of London, which has purchased her books for use in local schools. She has shared her story and spoken to Sociology students at Western University. In 2017, during a lengthy hospitalization, Kristin started a blog sharing her ongoing mental health experiences. In May of 2018, Kristin was the recipient of the Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth through the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health. She was also named a mental health champion through CMHA-Middlesex.
In Kristin’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, volunteering in a psychology lab, and cuddling with her cat, Angel.