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  • Lady Army

    The soccer pitch has always been a safe space for me. I have been privileged to play the beautiful game for over 35 years. Despite the occasional distant scent of skunk, the green grass and humidity of the summer has always given me a lot of happiness. Sprinting down the sidelines as my heart is […]

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  • Life with Limb Loss: Building Resiliency

    The experience of losing a limb is a complex and encompassing journey and a hard one to describe to those that have no knowledge of what it entails. It is walking a narrow, twisted, winding pathway with oddly placed speed bumps of varying heights, the very act of which everyday literally requires not only balancing […]

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  • Tyler Simmonds: Tragedy to Triumph

    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 […]

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  • My Unlikely Path to Ironman

    After much internal debate, I decided that Lake Placid Ironman 2015 was going to be my first full distance triathlon. Why not shoot for the stars? Lake Placid is the longest-running North American Ironman and a former Olympics venue. After doing the research on courses that would potentially suit my strengths, I settled on Lake […]

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  • The Most Terrifying Mental Health Experience of my Life

    When I struggled with my mental health, I had to handle a head full of nasty, violent, intrusive thoughts. It was such a standard part of my life that I didn’t even mention the obsessions as symptoms when I finally went to get help for depression. I was no longer picking up knives because when […]

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  • Lady Army

  • Life with Limb Loss: Building Resiliency

  • Tyler Simmonds: Tragedy to Triumph

  • My Unlikely Path to Ironman

  • The Most Terrifying Mental Health Experience of my Life

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When mental illness isn’t trauma based: Ryan’s path to wellness

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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Knowing and Owning Your Story: A Conversation with Kelly Scanlan

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, […]

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You Are Not Alone: A Conversation with Aaron Stark

***The following story does contain sensitive/graphic content that some readers may find disturbing or triggering. Discretion is strongly advised***     The following is a piece written by Unsinkable’s Jody Carrow following her interview with Aaron Stark   One of the challenges a writer faces is the word count. Though I’m barely into the introduction, […]

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Scar Tissue

In 2008 I gave my son, Daniel, the book Scar Tissue by legendary rock musician, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He devoured the book over a few days. Daniel identified with the lead singer’s music and life story. Kiedis writes about his journey and battle with addictions with brutal honesty. The narrative […]

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