Hello friends! (And those who are to become friends!)
I’m thrilled to announce that I am the new Community Correspondent for Partners for Mental Health.
What is that?
What does that mean?
Partners for Mental Health, an independent registered charity, is a national organization dedicated to “supercharging” a social movement that will transform the way Canadians think and act towards their own mental health, and towards people living with a mental health problem or illness.
A Community Correspondent is an enthusiastic volunteer with a desire to help change the face of mental health in Canada. The role of a Community Correspondent is to engage Canadians in mental health awareness through social media avenues, including Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.
For those of you who don’t regularly read my blog, I was diagnosed with Bipolar type II and Generalized Anxiety Disorder a few years ago. I struggled as a teen, going through many depressions, extreme irritability and a few manias. When I was 16 I started taking anti-depressants. At age 22 I came to a time in my life that I knew the medications were no longer working for me. I forced my way into a psychiatrist and was finally properly diagnosed. Between medications and cognitive behavioral therapy, I feel like I now live a “normal” life. I’ve worked hard – really hard – to be where I am today. I still have lows and highs and moments of irritability, but it’s part of who I am and understanding it has made it my power, rather than my weakness.
Only a few people in my life knew about my struggles, but ever since I came out with the truth a few months ago, I have felt empowered. I’m no longer in hiding and I’m no longer scared. Knowing that my story may help others is the most incredible feeling in the world – one that I have never experienced.