Hi, You may or may not know me very well, My name is Caitlin and I am affected by Bipolar Disorder type I. Note I didn't say "I am Bipolar", or "I have Bipolar", I am not my disease, it does not define me, rather it is a part of my being and part of who I am to my very core. I was diagnosed in 2007 but have been experiencing symptoms since I was a pre-teen. The Ebbs and Flows of mood, both positive and negative, have enriched my life (yes even the negative, it taught me how to see the positive), they have taught me compassion, empathy, self-control, and many other skills/traits that have made me not only who I am but allowed me to be a better person to those who are a part of my life.
I chose to do the #OneBraveNight challenge for the obvious reasons...creating awarness, ending stigma, and normalizing mental health issues, but also for me. Its been really rough go...Medication changes, facing my inner demons through talk therapy, debilitating depression, and even some suicidal ideation's. This is where I regain control of the reigns, here is where I rebuild and in the process raise money for those that need to do the same. This challenge is one for me to be vocal about, to scream from the hilltops! We have the power here to change lives...to show people that they don't have to struggle everyday with themselves and just basic day to day life. Lord knows I have and I know what its like to overcome and fall back in again as well.
MY hope for this fundraiser is that people will be educated more, treated better and with more respect. That the world will accept mental illness as an illness, not something to "suck it up and just get over". We are the generation that gets to accomplish this, we are the generation that will win the rights of those affected, that will stop the prejudice and judgement. We have the power to do this. We have the power to evoke change.
Evoke Change today-> Join me in the #OneBraveNight challenge by donating...or staying up all night with me...or better still...BOTH!
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.