In 2016, I was robbed of both my safety and peace of mind. A friend, co-worker, and brief lover of 6 years was threatening to murder me. His threats were, in fact, so serious that the RCMP requested to meet with me to explain that at that time only a border could keep me safe […]
We invite you into the incredible experiences and insights from youth as they tackle tough subjects and share what’s hard-hitting for young people today.
It took 3 years and 30+ doctors to find out that the concussions I had playing junior hockey were the underlying cause of my mental illness. Although I eventually found a solution, four guys I played hockey with weren’t so lucky and died by suicide before the age of 25. These are the reasons why […]
Hi Everyone! My name is Arissa and I am a youth activist! A little bit about me you ask? Ok! In 2018 I went on a life-altering trip to India with my family. Before going on any adventure my brother and I like to research more about the place we are visiting. When researching India, […]
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 […]
I inadvertently wore the Joker’s famous golden yellow and cardinal red contrast the day after I saw the new movie with my best friend who saved my life. I panicked for two days about everything in that sentence. Many people ask me what it’s like to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and what it’s like […]
I’ll never forget the day I walked into that hotel room. I was 22 years old at the time and my father, after a long battle with Huntington’s Disease, had taken his own life. There he was laying in front of me motionless, yet on his face was a look of relief. He had tried […]
Imagine living in a world where you’ve just come down with the flu, except, you have never heard of the flu or the symptoms, and you have never knowingly met someone who has experienced it. The only thing you know, above all else, is that something is wrong. The shivers, the pain, and the head […]
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I’m sitting on Dallas Road on an early Saturday morning amidst a blanket of fog, the ocean vast and serene in front of me. Runners, joggers, walkers passing behind me. I feel completely comfortable sitting, writing in front of them to see. Stretching, flowing through a sun salutation, eyes closed. Feeling a real sense of […]
I sat inside our car—protected from the biting autumn winds, eating peanut M&Ms. I did not want to leave its cocoon of warmth and make the small walk from our driveway to the house. It was October 15, 2017, and the weight of the occasion settled in as I thought about the events that had […]
As told by Jody Carrow “It’s a thing now. It’s life.” The ‘thing’ in the above quote refers to one young person’s coming out as transgender. And the ‘life’ belongs to Frankie Edroff, a young man I was fortunate enough to interview for the Unsinkable project. I had just asked Frankie what the response was […]
Mental health challenges do not define you: your strength and courage does. Mental health issues are not something to laugh about or ignore. Just think about it, the next person you are bullying could be someone with mental health challenges and is thinking about taking their own life. Take mental health seriously and don’t make […]