I’m stepping up to defeat mental illness!
As some of you know, I have suffered from debilitating mental illness in the past so I know first hand the impact it can have. I had a very long and dark journey, with lots of medication changes, therapy, meditation and any other technique I felt may have given me some hope. Mental illness is such an invisible disease, there were times I wished I had something more visible so someone would come and drop me off a casserole so I didn't have to think about supper, or take my kids so I didn't have to worry about plunking them in front of the TV - again. I was lucky to have family around but there were times when I felt very alone.
People close to me still don't understand what I went through. I still take a creative cocktail of medicaiton that I have accepted without defeat as what I need to survive every day. I still need to be very intune with my body and listen closely to its signs so I dont slide back down that slippery slope. I know I need to avoid negative enviroments and other tiggers to stay healthy.
I don't often talk about my history, but, I will try to help those suffering currently as I can be their good news story of hope that one day they will be able to get out of bed and be the mother, workers, partner they need to be to function. Mostly though, I want them to remember who they are when they felt good, and that it isn't just a memory; that it can again be their future.
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.
Thanks for your support!