Living With An Attitude of Gratitude

Anita Manley, Mental Health Advocate, Public Speaker This is a story of how I became one of the FACES of Mental Illness in Canada. I enjoyed a happy and healthy childhood and was loved unconditionally by my adoptive parents, Teresa and Bill. In high school, I excelled in sports (swimming, water polo, soccer, tennis and […]

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Black Trauma

I think it is very important that we highlight the trauma that Black people of all ages experience as a result of systemic anti-Black racism. This poem talks about the different experiences and perspectives that are impacted by this issue. As opposed to an angry perspective that we often see (and rightfully so) recent events […]

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Robin & Jeremy: Stigma Doesn’t Stop Us

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 […]

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop – A Sammarelli Story

The end of the year always forces me to do a little family introspection no matter how many miles away I am from home. As the eldest of 3 boys, there were always high expectations of my own accountability, leadership and path. Lifetime projections that eventually swayed me into traveling the world. Despite the distance […]

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