This week I had the privilege of attending the Canadian Mental Health Association’s #b4stage4 conference in Victoria BC.
Mental health may be getting more publicity, but is the stigma getting better? Anyone who suffers with mental health issues knows the importance of this statement. I have suffered with borderline personality disorder since I was a child. It has been an uphill battle. Until recently, hiding this little fact from the world was even more of a battle. It took all of my effort to act normal. It occurred to me, finally, that I shouldn’t need to. No one should. We are all human. Having anxiety, depression, bipolar ect. does not make you a failure.
More and more, community agencies are choosing to focus on mental wellness. Which is great! Resilience strategies are a crucial piece of creating a mentally healthy community.
I filmed this 15 Years Without a Shower - Story Time video to shed light on the existence of medical malodor disorder condition. And also to try to raise awareness of isolating and ostracizing rare diseases such as trimethylaminuria malodor condition ( also known as tmau). My goal is that with enough awareness, creating a tmau cure might be put into motion, allowing people who have suffered in silence for untold years to finally have a chance at normal lives.
From birth, you could tell there was something different about me. I would always cry and never sleep as a baby. As the years went by, things just got harder and more complicated. Doctors refused to diagnose me with anything. Later in life, I struggled to overcome heroin and alcohol addiction. After a suicide attempt, I was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder which changed my life for the best. The medications and therapy finally gave me a taste what it’s like to be happy. I made this video to increase awareness about mental illness.
This day, June 28, is often what is said to have been the catalyst for what we know today as LGBTQ Pride Movements, and is also why pride festivals and events tend to take place during June and July.
Today, June 14th, is Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Unfortunately, I have not seen or heard enough awareness about this day.
Last week, actress Kristen Bell opened up about her personal experience with mental illness - namely depression and anxiety - during an episode of Off Camera with Sam Jones .
I came across a young person’s story online about being embarrassed to reach out for help for their depression and how they thought they were the only person on earth that f
In my late teens and early 20s, I did everything to keep up with the fast-paced world I was living in – I worked as a server, went to college full time, and spent every other waking moment socializing with friends, being there for my family, and spending time with my boyfriend at the time. I felt pulled in every direction. I never spent time alone and I paid no attention to my inner life. The few times that I did try and look inward I became utterly confused and scared.