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Stories Shatter Stigma

  While we are certainly moving in the right direction with mental health, stigma remains evident in our places of work and communities. Learning about various mental health issues from a book or a workshop is a great start, but do you know what’s even better? Hearing someone’s story. The number one way to remove stigma is by sharing our stories.   Many of us are good at wearing a mask and pretending that we have it all together. I get it. It’s difficult to be vulnerable and share our inner battles with those around us. However, this is an…

My Journey Towards Wellness

As a kid, I never grew up hoping to one day struggle with mental illness or become an addict. Who knew that these were the lessons I needed to learn to be in a position to help others with their mental health. My challenges with mental illness began at the age of 14 with body dysmorphic disorder. I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror for the next 13 years without complete disgust. I had no idea how to talk about my pain so I just kept it all inside. What’s crazy is that I was the kid who was…

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…