Last Saturday (Oct 9/17) Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) cast member, Pete Davidson, opened up about his struggles with mental illness and how he has self-medicated over the years.
The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in Canada, an annual national public education campaign that the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) coordinates.
In August, Logic, a rapper who writes about topics which surround mental health, released a song titled “1-800-273-8255”, which is the American Suicide Prevention line.
I don't own a shopping cart.
I am not homeless.
I am not violent or unstable.
I don't smell bad.
I didn't drop out of school.
I was not abused or molested.
I don't carry a sign that says the end is near.
I don't ahve a 'look'.
I don't yell at strangers.
I don't wear dirty clothes.
I am not an alcoholic.
I don't feel shame.
I don't want your pity.
I did not ask for this nor do I deserve it.
This Sunday is world suicide prevention day. Unfortunately, 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from a mental illness and suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth (10-24).
mindyourmind interviewed Kayley and Kyle, cofounders of wear your label (WYL), a mental health stigma busting fashion company from Fredericton, New Brunswick back in 2015.
Today, it is commonly known that 1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with a mental illness in their lives. However, this fact hasn’t always been known.