The following is a piece written by Unsinkable’s Jody Carrow following her interview with Dave Pogue Dave Pogue’s son, Mitchell, died by suicide in 2013 and ever since Dave and his family have been working to close the gaps in mental health supports in their community of Peterborough, Ontario. Here is our conversation: […]
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The short version of my story is that I went on a spiritual journey, discovered who I am, and am now happier than ever. The long version of the story, below, includes the fact that the process was years in the making, excruciatingly painful, and was made extra-difficult because I was going through things that […]
I am a grandson, son, brother, fiancé, dog dad, horse enthusiast, mental health advocate, professor and police officer. My police training started with a family of coaches and mentors. When you start your career, aligning yourself with mentors and coaches who share the values you do makes the undesirable parts of the job doable. These […]
I woke up at some point on September 19th, 2018 with my husband, Cam, on my right side thinking that I was in an airport. An announcement played repeatedly over the PA system: “Stroke alert, trauma team to emergency.” I had no idea where I was but I just remember it being very dark and […]
The following is a piece written by Unsinkable’s Jody Carrow following her interview with Aidan Scott Aidan Scott is a survivor of physical and sexual abuse by a parent who has turned his past into opportunities to promote mental health education, advocacy work, peer support work, public speaking. Most recently he has become an […]
If you’re a soccer fan you already know who Erin McLeod is. A veteran goalkeeper who’s played at the highest level for Canada (Olympics, FIFA World Cup, the list goes on…) Erin knows the kind of success that is truly the stuff of most Canadians’ dreams. If you Google her, you will read an impressive […]
A grown man isn’t supposed to cry. In that moment all I could think was Crying makes you seem weak. Small. Not like a man. So, then why am I crying again? I am in the middle of yet another panic attack. The shower was running, but I couldn’t step into it. The feeling of […]
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 […]
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 […]