A Male Teacher Speaks Openly About Mental Illness

Few males can be found teaching elementary school, and even fewer of these speak openly about their challenges with mental health. Meet my best friend, James Siemens. Living in a small prairie town makes it even more difficult to speak about mental illness. While James often felt alone in his battles, he quickly learned that by being vulnerable and sharing his story, there were others in hiding. That right there is why we made this book. It’s time to talk alright.  

Men and Suicide: It's Time to Talk

  Lately, I’ve received a lot of messages from men who are really struggling, and I have a very legitimate fear that as we continue to navigate through COVID-19 we are going to see an increase in male suicides over the next few months. Men, we are dying by suicide at a rate that is three times higher than women. Why? Well let’s look at some of the headlines out there. Women seek help. Men die.   I get it, asking for help doesn’t come naturally for us. I have stood at the fork in the road. I flirted with…

3 Strategies to Manage Emotions

Here’s the thing… emotions are energy. Where we run into problems is when this energy remains trapped inside. In an attempt to manage my emotions, I spent many years turning towards self-harming behaviours, or substances like alcohol. That did not work. What did work is something that I refer to as the big 3. 1. Walk Sometimes we just have to leave the confines of four walls and get outside. Walking is one of the most effective ways to release intense emotions. Actually, exercise in general wakes up the system, makes you feel alive and allows your body to function…

COVID-19 and Grief

This image was taken during my last keynote before COVID-19. As time ticks on I am finding that one of the greatest emotions I am feeling is grief. After spending so many years trying to harm or kill myself this was my redemption. However, while there is loss for all of us, I have learned to embrace it, feel it, let it go and not get stuck there. Like you, I am thinking outside of the box and am finding new and creative ways to do what I love. Yes. This is a difficult time. But we were not meant…

How Do I Help A Loved One Struggling with an Addiction?

  One of the most painful things to experience is watching the person you love deteriorate in front of your eyes. At this point, it can be easy to feel both helpless and resentful towards this person who is now becoming a shadow of the person you once knew. Previous attempts to approach this individual likely resulted in their denial or piercing words of anger. Eventually, after exhaustive attempts to help them, one fact will stand out like black on white… In life, all that we can control is self.   There is a reason that Al-Anon selected this idea…