I’m stepping up to defeat mental illness!
The CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health challenge is a Canada-wide challenge to inspire hope for Canadians living with mental illness.
I took the #OneBraveNight challenge because I want to inspire hope for people living with mental illness now – and to defeat mental illness. By making a donation to my One Brave Night, you are helping CAMH improve access to care, conduct research to find better treatments, and build more spaces for healing.
This is our chance to step up! Please donate generously and help me reach my fundraising goal.
This is my (Sarah) story, Mental Health is something that I have struggled with my entire life. I first noticed that something was wrong when I was around ten years old, I was always anxiety and went through trouble ups and downs. I hid my mental health issues from my family for many years. I was ashamed and thought there was something wrong with me. I was in my last twenties when I finally decided that I need help. On September 24th, 2012 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety Disorder. I finally understood why I would go through weeks of depression and days super highs. I also learned that the constant sense of unease and fear was anxiety. I have had many ups and down since I was diagnosed, it took a very long time to get a combination of medications that worked.
I owe a lot to my incredible family doctor, he was there to listen and walk me through step by step. Words cannot express how much his support and help means to me. I also need to Thank the staff of Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Mental Health ward I went through a difficult patch after being bullied by a manager. It sent me into a very deep dark spiral, I sent four days in the hospital in November 2016 and unfortunately, I had to spend another two weeks in the hospital in February-March 2017. I had an amazing set of Nurses and a great doctor. He sat with me and learned, he made me feel safe and understood. He helped me to understand that what I was feeling was okay and that I would get through this and be stronger. I was released on March 9th, 2017 and I was put on a new combination of medications for me Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety Disorder.
I am happy to say that I am doing great, I am in an amazing place, for the first time in my life I am looking forward to the future and what is holds. I have a great job and I am finally comfortable in my own skin. What I want people to understand is that you do not have to be ashamed by your mental health issues, they make you who you are a strong person. Because it teaches you to be compassionate, understanding and how to recognize when other people are struggling, and maybe to afraid to say anything. Be proud of who you are and your struggles. It’s part of who you are.
Please help me to support CAMH it is an amazing organization, it is helping people like me, to work through their struggles. With your help they can continue making ground breaking discoveries in mental health, as well as, supporting those in need. Mental health will affect us all at some point in our lives. Stand up and be strong!
Thank you listening and your help, because of you we are making a difference in someone’s life.