Having depression and anxiety myself and seeing many people close to me struggle with mental health issues, it is an area that is very close to my heart. I'm privileged to have a support group around me that has allowed me to get help and cope, but most people are not as lucky and will not seek help due to stigma.
My current company, integrate.ai is hosting its annual employee talent show in support of CAMH's One Brave Night. I will likely be showing off my semi-talent of following online directions well enough to cook some vegetarian indian food in my instant pot. The event raises funds to help shape a world where mental illness is seen in the same light as every other illness, and all patients receive the level of care they need and deserve. Donations will go towards programs to help break down stigma, fund innovative research, and provide access to new and promising treatments for people living with mental illness.
Any donation is appreciated and if you ever need anyone to talk to about anything you're going through, I'm always willing to listen and try to help! The deadline to donate is June 12th.