Thank you for visiting my page! From now until May 10th, I’m digging deep for my bravery and stepping up in support of mental health.
CAMH One Brave Night is an online fundraiser hosted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and geared toward raising awareness and creating action! It is a chance for me to virtually share a piece of myself with the world for a great cause. I am excited (and very nervous) to express myself and to share my story...in hopes of giving a little extra bravery to the 2 out of 3 people with a mental illness that are prevented from getting help because of stigma.
If you know me personally, then you know that I am that ONE in five Canadians who experience mental illness. My battle with mental illness started over twelve years ago and has been an intensely uphill climb, peaking in recent years. I have just celebrated my 30th birthday, an astounding feat considering I never thought I would make it to see 27. Since 2017 I have been hospitalized on four occasions, suffered staggering losses in my personal and professional lives, lost a lot of my independence, and very nearly ended my own life. However, in that time I have also met my wonderfully empathetic and sincere psychiatrist, finally obtained an accurate diagnosis of my mental health conditions, recieved unrivalled support and compassion from an incredible social worker, and was fortunate enough to have excellent care from nurses, doctors, and allied healthcare professionals at my local mental health hospital. I have also come to learn an immense amount about myself as a person, as someone with chronic mental illness, and as an individual who stands up for mental illness in the face of stigma.
Watch my video as I share what I consider my recovery anthem and then please donate today. Absolutely every dollar helps. Together WE will break down stigma, fund innovative research, and provide access to new and promising treatments for PEOPLE living with mental illness.
Let’s work together to be able to live in a country where we can say there is no more discrimination, no more ignorance, and no more funding gaps. Illness is illness, mental health IS health.