About the Author
In her fourth year of university, Kristin Legault is an undergraduate psychology and Disability Studies student at King’s University College at Western University. Kristin intends on pursuing a career as a school and child clinical psychologist, helping others. She will be applying to Masters programs in the fall of 2020. Kristin has struggled with depression and anxiety since she was 13 years old. That diagnosis was changed to bipolar disorder after experiencing 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 and Disability Studies students at King's University College and 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.
Inspired by the writing of her mental health series, in May of 2019, Kristin began doing independent research on children's mental health, bibliotherapy (books about mental health for kids), depression and anxiety. Her research is supervised by clinical psychologist and Western University Faculty of Education faculty member, Dr. Karen Bax, who she hopes to be able to continue doing her research with in her graduate studies.
In Kristin’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching Netflix, and cuddling and playing with her cat, Charlie.