Mental Health

Tonight, are you willing to save a life?

It was Christmas Eve of the year 2000, and the night couldn’t have gone more horribly wrong. I stared at my image in the mirror; blotchy red spots, a tear-streaked face, and eyes that hadn’t sparkled in months. The bags under my eyes were massive, and the crushing feeling in my chest left me feeling like I was suffocating. My …

Make a Difference in Mental Health

Across the country, Canadians are working together today to raise funds to help break the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness. Bell Let’s Talk, now in it’s fifth year, is an initiative by Bell Media to help raise funds and awareness for mental health. They have committed $67.5 million to support various initiatives throughout the country, and each year …

Being a Light Can Prevent Suicide

*Trigger Warning: Description of suicide and self-harming below. If this is something you struggle with, please be cautious in proceeding. It was Christmas Eve of the year 2000, and I was alone in my room, angry, hurt, and loathing every inch of myself. The argument and screaming fight that had occurred between my parents and I for the half hour …

Don’t Join the Slacktivists

Last week the world was rocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of actor Robin Williams’ apparent suicide. A number of celebrities, political officials and other important figures have died in my short lifetime, but I have never seen the world respond as emotionally and full of grief as it did when this news broke. The news sparked an onslaught …

It’s Time to Take Suicide Contagion Seriously

Suicide contagion. Yep, I said it, and yes it is a real thing. It’s a dangerous thing that follows a publicized suicide of any kind, but specifically, a celebrity suicide. I think it’s safe to say, that along with a number of contributing factors from the media, this new attitude of slacktivism the world has taken to across social media …

Robin, you will be missed.

I had a big post planned out, but instead I’m going to share this.   Robin William’s death is hitting me strangely hard for someone I never met. Likely, a mix between the fact that I can relate to the struggles of depression and mental illness, but also, because Robin is a large reason that the ‘Disney’ magic is alive …

Today we talk, no matter how hard it is to tell our stories…

I spoke on the need to break the stigma. Last year, my message was positive and driven.   This year, this is the year it’s tough for me. Because I feel like I’ve been beaten. I’m worn out, I’m struggling, and I feel like every day is a fight.   I don’t talk about it because I still feel like …

The People Who Inspire Us

There are people throughout our lives that inspire us to be better, inspire us to make a stand and inspire us to follow our hearts and dreams. These people can be anyone: a random person on the street or a friend/mentor. Sometimes they are famous people who are fighting to make a difference, and sometimes they are average people who …

Today, Let’s Talk

If you live in Canada, and your cell phone provider is Bell, then today, you have a chance to make a difference.   If you know someone in your contact list who is a Bell user, you too have the chance to make a difference.   Today is Bell’s Let’s Talk day, in support of Mental Health awareness. For every …

Pray

Do you ever have those moments where it feels like God has taken a sledgehammer and knocked you upside the head with it? Towards the end of To Save a Life, I definitely got one of those. It wasn’t lovely. It hurt. Emotionally, spiritually, and I’m sure I felt the physical reverberations of it. At that point in the movie …