I started medication at the age of six for anxiety, depression and OCD, and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17. After searching for answers, following many bouts of depression and hopelessness, I decided to escape the emotional jail built for me. About eighteen months ago, I did a complete 18. Below are a few things from my “toolbox” that have helped me live a life I never thought possible. I spent all those years looking for someone or something to save me, all I needed was to look within myself.
Today the Ministry of Health announced new mental health and addictions funding, including more services for youth! Here's our TL;DR version:
The goal: Transform the system so everyone can access services that are:
A few weeks ago the world said good bye to Carrie Fisher, better known to many as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films.
Brent Seal is the founder and CEO of Mavrixx. Mavrixx is a mental health focused social enterprise dedicated to helping young people build great minds on their own terms.
In this video, Mavrixx Founder and Head Trainer Brent Seal shares his story of going from a suicide attempt and being diagnosed with schizophrenia to summiting some of the world's tallest mountains.
Part III: Literally and Figuratively Living Under a Cloud
Part II: “I’m so OCD”
Most of you are probably familiar with the OCD stereotypes; neat freak, clean freak, an inevitable discomfort felt in the presence of a crooked picture or a messy room. While these characteristics resonate with many individuals who are diagnosed with OCD (and most definitely for myself), I can tell you that the disorder is much more complex and debilitating than what the stereotypes surrounding it insinuate.