We often receive letters from clients to whom we have helped to get a pardon who have suffered from depression due to their criminal past.
One isolated incident that leads to an arrest and conviction can quite literally throw an otherwise healthy person into a depression.
Here is an exerpt from a letter we recently received from a client:
“I was a healthy hard working, career oriented, young white woman, at the top of my field, with a university honours degree and owned my own condo. I was completely demoralized by the way i was treated by the police and I went into a deep depression.”
“My self esteem and confidence is still extremely damaged by the Toronto Police Force, however the pardon that I was recently granted has helped me to see a light at the end of the tunnel.”
The relief of knowing that you are no longer labelled a criminal and knowing that your criminal record has been destroyed can be a very important step in breaking the cycle of depression.