My name is Kristy, I am 26 years old. I am currently healthy but my struggle with bi-polar mental illness nearly took my life. At the age of 14, I was brought into the traditional mental health system. I complied with all the medical community had to offer: drug cocktails of anti depressants, anti psychotics, anti anxiety meds, mood stabilizers, sleeping pills, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, hospitalizations and even electro convulsive (shock) treatments Instead of wellness, what I got were brief periods of medicated stability, followed by thunderous crashes into darkness.

n July of 2001 I began taking EMPowerplus. I have not been hospitalized since. Now my wellness and survival is being threatened by Health Canada┬╣s decision to ban EMPowerplus. It is the ONLY thing that has removed the suicidal ideation that threatened my life. Without it,

II can only expect to slide down the slippery slope of depression and ultimately return to the suicidal thoughts and compulsions that haunted me for a decade. I do not want to die! I've found a way to live, please hear me and do not take that away.

Kristy

Red Deer, Alberta