Be less dependent on my family
Make better decisions
Spend more time with Mom
Cut down my smoking
Keep my doctor’s appointments
Be more in the present
Be less of a burden to my mom and brother
Find a job
Stop using drugs
Stay on my medications
Stay out of the hospital
There is not much discretion when it comes to me choosing a mate when I’m ill. It seems that my M.O. is to fall for someone who also battles some form of mental illness – be it anxiety, depression, addiction, paranoia – the list drones on.
“Any behavior, substance related or not, that a person craves, finds relief in, finds pleasure in, but has negative consequences, and difficulty giving it up.” – Dr. Gabor Mate, M.D. (addiction treatment specialist)
Be Safe is an app that will allow you to make a safety plan, inform you about resources in your region, give you options for getting help and empower you to reach out safely. It is meant to help youth find the right help in a crisis.
Download and post the poster or order cards to promote Be Safe.
Please note that all materials have been designed by mindyourmind youth volunteer teams to
promote mental health awareness and to reduce the stigma often associated with reaching out for help.
All proceeds help ensure that youth continue to have a voice and build our capacity to support them
the creation of mental health promotion materials that are relevant and resonate strongly with their peers.
Alicia shares her story of dealing with depression, anxiety, attempting suicide and eventual recovery at the International Association for Youth Mental Health. She explains what it means to be a mental health superhero.
"The most important thing about recovery is to pass the message on." - Maurice Gibb
by the entrance of the hospital while I was outside smoking this afternoon. It gave me precious words of encouragement:
Fall back and leave me alone! I hate you all!
Fuck the doctors for certifying me when you don’t know who the
fuck I am!
Fuck staff for never having a straight answer and injecting me with poison!
Fuck the hospital for detaining me!
Fuck security and the nurses for putting me into seclusion and restraining me to a bed!
Fuck the police for tackling me and throwing me to the ground!
Fuck the Alberta Mental Health Act for shitting on my rights!