Welcome to the main page for the #OneBraveNight campaign in support of CAMH!
If you're here from my YouTube links, WELCOME and THANK YOU!
In my second year of university, I started realizing that no matter how hard I tried to improve my social skills and my own ego, there was a wall of sadness, despair and hopelessness in the way. Scarring memories of my past haunted my every move, little ticks from my classmates and professors irritated me to the point where I couldn't even sit in the room, and I fell into a terrible spiral of depression that left me with bouts of leaden paralysis. By my third year, I was finally convinced to go see a professional when my school handed me a warning letter -- if I couldn't bring my grades back up to passing, I would be kicked out of my university. It was then that I was diagnosed with High-Functioning Depression, and medical treatment began as soon as possible. It wouldn't be until 4 years later when I move to Toronto that I would get diagnosed by a CAMH psychologist for also having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the 13 years of bullying I was subjected to in public school back in Vancouver.
Today, I've come out of Mental Health ERs in Toronto at least 10 times, and I've been to see at least half a dozen mental health and medical professionals. What they know and how they knew how to treat me would not have been possible if not for the generous donations and funding grants that CAMH receives in the name of mental health research every year. According to CAMH research stats, at least 70% of the North American population began struggling with mental health challenges during their younger years, like I did. CAMH is also a local, donations-based/OHIP-covered centre for mental health and addictions treatment in the Greater Toronto Area. Last year, they treated more than 34,000 patients through their CAMH programs and psychiatrist meetings. But having been there as a patient myself, I can tell you that the waiting list for these amazing programs are LONG. Just to see my psychiatrist at CAMH, I had to wait 4 months to get word back that I could make an appointment.
The more funding CAMH has to work with, the more help people can get, regardless of whether they are covered by OHIP or have professionals elsewhere that rely on CAMH's research to understand their patients' struggles.
#OBN + VOCALOID
Through my toughest times, Vocaloid music and the community it had on YouTube were there to challenge me, comfort me and guide me through my mental health journey. The most powerful method of helping others, I've discovered, is participating in that community and creating covers of Vocaloid and meaningful anime songs that have spawned from the original producer batches.
So, until May 10th, let's sing the nights away!
THE #ONEBRAVENIGHT SCHEDULE:
MARCH 19: Drop Pop Candy feat. Yamine Renri (original PV)
MARCH 29: Sayoko [cover + speedpaint]
MAY 10: ????