How Michael Landsberg's Single Act Saved One Man from Suicide

  I think that we often underestimate the impact we can have on the people around us. Clearly mental illness effects both men and women. However, men are less likely to seek help. This was one of the motivating factors for me to begin the process of writing a book by men for men. This book features countless stories of Saskatchewan men who are proud to put a voice and face to various issues of mental wellness. I want to share one of these stories with you. Tyson Williams picked a specific day to die by suicide. On that day,…

I Value My Son More Than Work

The book Born Resilient was released in December, and the cover featured our 6-year-old son, Malcolm. Ironically, 7 months later he was forced to put his own resilient nature to the test. In June, my wife and I discovered a large mass in Malcolm’s stomach. The situation progressed quickly, and we soon received a call to discuss our options with the surgeon. Unfortunately, the appointment fell on the morning of a speaking event. In 10 years, I never missed a single speaking event. I love my work, but I love my son more. With only three days before the event,…

Lane's Story: A Spiritual Connection

My story is unbelievable to most. In fact, I would have a hard time believing it if it had not happened to me. It was another typical school morning, and my partner, Shawna, was pulling out of our driveway with our four kids in the car. As I watched from the front window, I had a strong feeling in my gut to keep our two youngest children at home with me. I didn’t know why, but I found myself running out the door, chasing after the car. The answer to my intuition that morning came less than fifteen minutes later.…

How I Learned To Let Go

If something is starting to feel out of control, then it probably is. There are countless circumstances around us that we have no control over. We have no power over another person’s thoughts, attitudes, or actions. What we do have power over is how we react in response to them. Everyone deserves to have the freedom to live life on their own terms. The more that we focus on what lies within our control, the more power we have. From this place, we can focus on our own journey while maintaining a level of inner peace. I never had a…

Talking Facilitates Healing

We do not determine when it is our time to go. The Creator decides. I discovered this truth on a December winter’s evening that will forever be etched in my mind. After a long day of work, I entered my home, hoping to see my three kids before they left for their two-hour drive to visit with their Aunty Linda. Although I was sorry that I had missed them, I took comfort in the fact that they wouldn’t be driving in the dark. In their absence, the house felt empty. My wife, Barb, shared this feeling. A few minutes later…

Paula's Story: When the Drugs Don't Work

My full name is Paula Jacobs-St. Germaine. I want to use my real name in this story because the more that I own it and recognize it for what it is, the better I can feel about the remorse and shame of the past. I started drinking at the age of six. The mysterious confidence that wine gave me was like no other. It was the most enticing courage that I had ever experienced, and I would one day exchange this for my very own soul. By the age of seven, a lot of damage had already been done to…