The events that took place on December 30th, 1986 changed my life forever. My name is Bob Wilkie and I am a survivor. Being a Canadian, I shared a dream with millions of kids: to play in the NHL. From as young as I can remember, all I wanted to do was be on the […]
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In 1995, Jonathan was thrown from a vehicle travelling 120kms per hour. His head met the pavement first, and while he was lucky enough to survive and even go on to thrive after the accident, he lost every memory he had of the first 22 years of his life. His brain injury also left him […]
In 1994, I was involved in an incident in Ottawa where I was stabbed thirteen times. I suffered two severe leg injuries and ten wounds on my back. The muscle in my leg had to be reconstructed as the muscle was torn in two. After the surgery was over, I had a doctor assess me […]
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, by age forty, approximately fifty percent of the population will have experienced mental illness or injury. My husband, Jeremy, and I both made the cut. Both of our health issues stem from our work. While serving in Afghanistan in 2004, Jeremy contracted a parasite. In 2005, he was […]
Oprah said to our Toronto audience several years ago, “when someone shows you who they are, believe them.” This is advice that I have not done a great job of following. I am a self-proclaimed optimist on human nature, and honestly this optimism is what has sustained my spirit in the most difficult of times. I go out into the world […]
Hi there! My name is Ellie, but some people know me as MopGarden. I am a full-time streamer on a website called Twitch.tv, which means I stream and play video games for a living! I fell into this about 6 years ago when I was going through a breakup. I felt as though I needed […]
On January 26th, 1990, I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I was then taken into my community in North Preston where I’d imagine I was surrounded by my large and loving family. As a baby and young child, I was quiet and didn’t show much interest in playing with other children. If there […]
I received a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder as I began university, and boy, was it a relief. It was a relief to me, to my family, to everyone in my life. It was a relief because after six years, eight or more mental health professionals and many sleepless nights, we finally had answers to why […]
My name is Richard Erdmann. I am a husband, father, retired elementary principal and, more recently, a terminally ill cancer patient. It was in early August 2019 that I got my most recent personal identifier: cancer patient. That was the month that changed my and my family’s life path forever. What started as a simple […]
Dear Reader; Before you dive into the writing below, I wanted to provide a little foreword – I am very aware that my struggles with mental health are not necessarily unique, but that being said, no two experiences are exactly the same. While my story may not resonate with everyone, it is my hope that […]
The afternoon of March 21, 2004 was when we first looked in to her eyes and held her in our arms. She was 7 days old and she was our miracle. Scott and I were married at 21 and immediately ready to start our family. We had so much love to give but by age […]
At age 14, I first became ill. I heard voices over a course of 9 months. I became extremely disoriented and withdrew into my own world, thinking students and my parents were plotting against me. Taken to hospital, I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. I was in and out of hospital throughout high school. I […]