The CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health challenge is a Canada-wide challenge to inspire hope for Canadians living with mental illness.
For the third year in a row, I'm taking 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 my third year participating in One Brave Night. I started getting involved in events like this as a way to share my story in hopes that I could help at least one person get the help that they need, especially if they don’t even realize they need it!
I have struggled with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts for most of my life, but it took until I was 26 for me to realize that it wasn’t normal, I didn’t need to suffer the way I was, and that I could get help.
After several months of trying to find the right combination of treatments, things seemed to be going well. I thought that was where my story would end and I had positive things to say about recovery. Unfortunately, my meds stopped working and things got a lot worse. That was over a year and a half ago and I’ve been struggling ever since.
I want to be able to share positive thoughts on finding recovery, but it’s really hard to do when you’ve been struggling for so long without any relief and feeling unsupported. I still want to participate in these kinds of events to help others, even though I am personally having a really hard time right now.
This is our chance to step up! Please donate generously and help me reach my fundraising goal.