My name is Ryan Forsyth. I’m a mental health speaker and advocate, the host of the Life in Red Podcast and I work in radio promotions, doing marketing, contests and events in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I describe myself as a music geek, sports fanatic and endlessly curious. I also live with a mental illness, struggling […]
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The following is a piece written by Unsinkable’s Jody Carrow from her interview with Mike Shaw Mike Shaw is a legit rare human – not many people fully recover from incomplete quadriplegia. This fact about him is interesting enough but then when you listen to his TED Talk “Grief Happens”, you learn what actually […]
September 30th, 2019 was the one year anniversary of the last day I took a drink. Understandably, I’m feeling a lot of feelings as I write this, but the two emotions that stand out would be a perfect blend of disbelief and pride that I am willing and able to share that opening sentence. A […]
My favourite Derek Walcott poem, “Love After Love”, beautifully directs us at the end to, “Sit. Feast on your life.” The word feast really strikes the core of what I believe: life is not meant to be gingerly tasted; it is not meant to be nibbled on, or meted out with restraint. Life is meant […]
Earlier this summer, I interviewed activist Hannah Alper. She described a new friend of hers as “amazing” and someone who was “going to do big, big things.” That person is Jacob Grosberg, a 15-year-old Torontonian who lost his dad, Ben Grosberg, to suicide just over a year ago. And those big, big things? Well, that […]
Over the last four years, my life went down a vortex that I could never have imagined occurring. My life was safe, comfortable and reasonable in every aspect until I turned 30. I would wake-up with a clear head, planning out my day ahead as I woke up. Catching up with friends for evening outs, […]
“Your EEG was normal, which leads me to believe that this is in fact nothing neurological, but it is psychological, I will refer you to psychology.” Several odd episodes resulting in a loss of awareness and involuntary sentences such as “Where am I? What time is it? Why am I here?” which lasted for about […]
Life is relentless. Ever-changing, shifting, and evolving. Each day we add to our personal stories. Everyone has a story. I often reflect on how we come to be within our story. Who contributes to the narrative that we carry as our story? I recall seeing an ad for Harley Davidson motorcycles: ‘When you write the […]
I want to be the face of postpartum depression. Not because it is glamourous. Or because it will bring me fame and fortune. No. I want to be the face of postpartum depression (PPD) because I needed to see me when I was in the thick of it. I needed to see how this could […]
The danger of sinking below the surface has been something that I’m well aware of in my life. The desire to remain on top was learned from an early age. I grew up as a water baby with older siblings who thought that the only way I would learn to swim was by trying to […]
Thanks to growing mental health awareness, the use of the term “trauma” and a public appreciation of its psychological and social impact has surged in recent years. But what is trauma and what does it really mean for something to be “traumatic”? In its most basic form, trauma is a type of event (or events) […]
The following is a piece written by Unsinkable’s Jody Carrow from her interview with Kelly Scanlan Kelly Scanlan’s love for her country and community has taken her as far afield as Afghanistan where she served as soldier, as close as her hometown of Mississauga, Ontario where she now serves as a full time firefighter, […]