Addiction and Cancer: Treating Diseases Differently

  Brad has seen how people treat diseases differently. When he was going through addiction, people crossed the street to get away from him. Meanwhile, when he was going through his cancer treatments, people wanted to get closer to him. Whether Brad was battling addictions or cancer, he was still the same person suffering. His experience speaks volumes to the stigma that still exists around drug and alcohol addictions. Education and understanding will reveal that we all deserve love and respect.        Brad’s story Becoming the Father I Knew I Could Be   is featured in MENtal Health:…

Healing Words from the Former Humboldt Broncos Assistant Coach

I don’t know about you, but I found it really difficult to examine my pain. It was easier to project my pain onto others, turn to alcohol in an attempt to escape it, or immerse myself into work. Healing is work.   Chris Beaudry reminds us of this truth. Now, it’s impossible to comprehend what Chris pulled up to that fateful April evening, and what transpired over the following days. But what is evident is that in order for Chris to heal, he had to go through the middle of his pain. The following video explains not only what he saw as…

You Were Born Resilient

You were born resilient, and you were born to fight. My latest book Born Resilient: True Stories of Life’s Greatest Challenges has received criticism over its title. The argument is that we were not born resilient, but rather that resiliency is a skill we must acquire. I don’t dispute that, but don’t tell me you didn’t come into this world with a resilient and fighting spirit.  You came into this world kicking and screaming.  If someone chokes you what is your immediate reaction? You fight. If someone puts your head under water, what do you naturally do? You fight. I…

The Power of Your Story

  There is nothing more powerful, or as sacred as your story.  Have you ever shared your story? If not, what’s holding you back? For me, it was fear. Fear of being judged. Fear of being vulnerable. That list could go on and on. But then I took a risk, and what I soon saw unfold in front of me became greater than anything I could ever have imagined. If you have a moment, please watch the video above. I would love to hear if you can relate. Keep talking my friends. There is no greater tool than your voice.

Rewriting the Scripts of Men and Mental Health

My travels recently took me to a small rural community. Here, I was asked to deliver a motivational message to the countless volunteers who tirelessly gave their time to assist others. I was welcomed with open arms and embraced with the warm hospitality that only a small tight-knit community can offer. In my message I made a point of saying that as volunteers, it is essential to also take care of their own needs. I spoke briefly about my own challenges with mental health, and stated that it was not a weakness to ask for help in times of need.…

Men and Mental Health

If you don’t put a voice to your pain, who will suffer more than anyone else? I used to swear I was the only one fighting my particular challenges. Yet as soon as I took a risk and allowed myself to be vulnerable, I realized others had similar experiences. I was no longer alone. It is mental health awareness week, and tomorrow evening I am sitting on a panel of men who are proud to put a face and voice to this prevalent issue. How the tides have turned. Collectively, we have gone from men in isolation to men who found…