Life

The world feels like it’s on fire

My heart is heavy, filled with a darkness I cannot describe. Every moment my love, hope, and passion for people is whittled away by the evil in the streets. Every moment, I feel myself bracing for the worst, and as the worst comes, I am no longer surprised. I am no longer surprised by the growing darkness, or by the …

We need to do better

I hesitated in sharing this particular column on my blog, but felt the message is worth the post. As much as this is about Chester Bennington’s suicide, it’s also bigger than that. Chester’s tragic end after a frightening and difficult battle only comes to the forefront of conversation because he, like many other celebrities, are already in the spotlight. But …

It’s okay to admit you’re struggling

I sat at my desk, staring at the computer screen with tears in my eyes, struggling to keep it together. There was no reason to be crying; nothing had happened to make me upset. But there I was, tears and all. A deep, dark, unsettling feeling lay heavy on my heart. It was the kind of feeling capable of making …

Don’t fear the mess

We live in a world obsessed with perfection. With the rise of social media programs designed to showcase our lives to the world through series of comments, snippets, and photos, we pick the best, add a filter, and publish. Much like Photoshop allows an artist or photographer to erase the blemishes, tidy up the blurred lines, tone, tighten, and brighten, …

A crying need for resources

One of the biggest battles in the mental health community supersedes the need to end stigma, settling on the area of recovery. We pour endless resources into raising awareness. While it is important, access to services are even more important. Canada has an incredibly long way to go when it comes to appropriate medical access for people with mental illnesses, …

Bible

Breaking down Jeremiah 29:11

I remember running into someone I had known before my life changed drastically from my mental breakdown. We spoke briefly about the struggle I had faced and why I left the Christian camp I worked at because of it. Noticing the tattoo script on my arm, they quickly said ‘Let me guess, Jeremiah 29:11?’ When I said yes, I received …

This is Mental Health

These days, it’s fairly common knowledge that mental health issues are far more widespread than we could have ever imagined. We know the statistics – over the past decade medical professionals and others passionate about making the issues known have rallied behind the banner to end stigma and spoken up. Talk is required to get the conversation going, but as …

Is a crisis of faith a bad thing?

At the end of 2015, I made a confession about something that had terrified me to both face and admit. I was having a crisis of faith. Everything I thought I had believed about Christianity and church was flipped on its head. Bitterness from hurts I faced was rearing up and overpowering my drive to live a Christian walk. My …

Love thy neighbour

Love thy neighbour. Those of us raised in Christianity are taught this simple statement as one of the fundamentals of the our faith. Its simplicity, however, is limited to its concept. Application of it is far more difficult than we often perceive. This commandment is not limited to Christians, of course. It is echoed in sentiments like the golden rule, …

conversation

Let’s talk and keep the conversation going

Mental Health care in Canada has come a long way, but it still has a long way to go. One in five Canadians will experience some kind of battle with mental health in their lifetime. That’s a minimum of 25%. While Bell Let’s Talk day is certainly far from perfect, it can be used as a tool to help by …