This week marks my first official week as a full-time permanent staff at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. As I’ve been counting my thanks, I can’t help but reflect on all of the work it took to get here. It took a few degrees, but it also took some heart breaking and heart opening work with both kids and adults who struggled with mental health and substance use problems.
In the past seven years, I’ve worked in high schools with at-risk youth, in a youth mental health treatment centre, and in a Victoria, BC shelter, just as the opioid crisis began to make headlines. I’ve had the opportunity to talk to so many people and hear so many stories, repeatedly having my heart broken open. Many of these moments occurred while I worked countless midnight shifts because quite simply, it was quieter, and many of us struggle in the quiet moments. There was time to be open, to share tea, to hope for inner stillness.
I’m participating in #OneBraveNight by staying up all night, again (or at least trying!). I’m doing it for the stories and for the people who harbor them. By raising money, I hope that those who struggle, while most of us sleep, can find their peace. 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.
Please donate generously and help me surpass my fundraising goal!