From me to you: depression has no specific look

I sat and really thought, how could I have saved you? Was there anything I could have done differently to help you then and now? I searched my memories for specific experiences from which I could advise on alternate reactions, behaviours, thoughts and self-talk. Yet, still looking back now, I realize now it did not matter […]

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Remember the Chocolate

As a mental health educator/advocate, inspirational speaker and writer, I often speak to groups including youth, teachers, service providers etc. At the beginning of every presentation I give them chocolate – I mean, what better way to get their attention? But there is a message that goes along with this. They knew they were coming […]

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How I Found Beauty in the Wreckage

November 3, 1993 We’d finished off a few pounds of Gordie Howitzer’s Elbows (or “chicken wings” for the uninitiated). Estelle wandered by, checking the status of our pints. Homer’s glass was near empty and he nodded for a refill of whatever watered-down near-beer he was drinking. I confirmed my request for a fresh pint of Guinness and we waded […]

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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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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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