Mental Health

What to do When Dreams Die

One of my favourite quotes from Walt Disney is “If you can dream it, you can do it.” For years, I took this as meaning that every single dream you have will come true. After all, Walt also said “All our dreams can come true if we have the strength to pursue them.” Growing up, I took both of these …

September Is the Time For Renewing Yourself

Although there is something super special about the spring for me, the fall is my favourite season. It’s not just because of sweaters, tall boots, hot lattes, and leggings though. My love goes much deeper than that. Fall is marked every September by something incredible–a new beginning.

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, …

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 …

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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 …

It’s time to have another conversation – #BellLetsTalk

Since 2012,  I have sat down every year to speak about the importance of #BellLetsTalk, an annual event designed to break the stigma surrounding mental health and access to mental health care in Canada. My having Bi-Polar and two anxiety disorders is no longer a secret, and part of that is in thanks to #BellLetsTalk. Through meeting one of their …

My mental illness taught me to fight for myself

If you asked me 15 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, I would have scoffed at the notion. All my Bipolar did was set me up for failure. Failure is an interesting thing — especially when the root comes from something you have no control over. It tends to do one of three things: cause you to give …