September Is the Time For Renewing Yourself

September

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.

It’s okay to admit you’re struggling

It's okay to admit you're struggling

I sat at the desk in my office, staring at the computer screen with tears in my eyes. 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 you believe something is going seriously, horribly wrong. I was devastated and I had no idea why. If I’m being honest, I[Read more]

A crying need for resources

resources

One of the biggest battles in the mental health community supersedes the need to end stigma, settling on the area of recovery. Endless resources are poured into raising awareness, and while it is of great importance, 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, eating disorders, depression, and so on. Counsellors and therapists properly trained in these areas can be hard[Read more]

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 the old cliché says, talk is also cheap. Despite people’s best efforts, not a lot of progress has been made.[Read more]

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 spokes people (Olympian Clara Hughes), to reading the hundreds of stories that pour out on this day each year, and[Read more]

Don’t be a slacktivist

(This post was published as a column in the Orangeville Citizen on Thursday, August 21, 2014. As the columns do not make it in the online edition of our paper, some friends requested that I post it here so they could share the piece.) 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[Read more]

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 and well in my heart. Because he showed me that adults can dream and be more than just what the[Read more]

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 I don’t have the right to. Even in knowing that this stigma needs to be broken, I get caught up in it[Read more]

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 just happened to make a statement so powerful that it captivated the world.   Last week, I had the opportunity[Read more]

To Save a Life – Part One: It Only Takes One To Make a Difference

Tonight the movie To Save a Life was shown at our church by our somewhat local radio station. I knew prior to attending the movie that it would have a huge impact on me due to the fact that the previews left me weeping every time I heard them. The main premise to the movie itself was one that wrenched my heart just thinking about it, because it was something I could relate to my own life. Before reading on,[Read more]