World Suicide Prevention Day

Men make up 75% of all suicides in Canada. However, men are less likely to seek help for their mental health. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. This picture was captured on my wedding day. I never had a brother, but Justin was the closest thing to it.  Little did I know that just over one year later he would die by suicide. Justin and I shared a similar journey. We both struggled with mental illness and addictions, and yet for reasons I will never truly know, he is no longer here and I remain.  This sudden loss left…

It's Not Always Racism

A man recently shared a very intriguing story about his first few days as an immigrant in Canada. Naturally, he was told that he needed to experience Tim Hortons Coffee. (What is more Canadian than that?) As he stood in line he watched a Caucasian woman behind the counter smile at each customer while they placed their order. That same smile was present as she handed each customer their coffee. Finally, it was his turn. The moment after he expressed his desire for a medium double-double, the woman’s entire expression changed. The smile vanished and her face went cold. When…