MHPOV shares my experiences with anxiety, depression, and attempted suicide.
Since early 2011, I have made volunteering and advocating for mental health a primary focus of my life. From facilitating a peer-support group, to public speaking, to interviews and published articles, I am sharing my story with others to help them learn about depression and mental illness.
- Contribute to reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.
- Provide a comprehensive view of mental illness from a first person point of view.
- Share the strategies I have used in my recovery and those I continue to use.
- To help me further understand the symptoms of depression.
I hope MHPOV offers the insight I would have needed to realize what I was going through many years ago.
I cannot stress enough how ill I was the day I tried to end my life, how mislead I was by depression and how happy I am to still be able to look in the mirror and see myself.
Many times in life I have had to learn from my own mistakes. I didn’t trust when others said I could get better. I thought what was happening to me was beyond coming back from. I hope you can learn from my mistakes and avoid the experiences I have with luck survived.
In case you want to learn a little more about me, my name is Joshua R Beharry. I am a Vancouver-based mental health advocate with over two years experience with anti-stigma, mental health and wellness promotion at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I have a BSc. majoring in Computer Science from UBC specializing in user experience/interface design. I also have expertise in web/graphic design, online communications, and social media.
I enjoy both digital and film photography. Check out my portrait photography at joshuarbeharry.com.
I like all forms of storytelling, as long as there is character development and a solid storyline, be it comics, novels, movies or tv shows. About half of the books I read are sci-fi.
I enjoy hiking in North Vancouver with my brother and sister-in-law during the summer.
- Five myths about depression, men and everyone need to stop believing by Joshua R. Beharry for The Mighty, Apr 27, 2016.
- A Guide to therapy for men, from a man’s who’s been there by Joshua R. Beharry for The Mighty, Aug 17, 2015.
- What if other deaths were discussed like suicide by Joshua R. Beharry for The Mighty, Jul 27, 2015.
- Lost in the Gap by Joshua R. Beharry for Visions (Finding the Right Help – Navigating the System), Vol 10. No. 1 (2014)
- When it comes to mental illness: stigma kills by Joshua R. Beharry, guest blog for Bipolar Burble, Jan 16, 2014
- Who cares about mental health? by Joshua R. Beharry for Vancouver Sun, Opinion, May 6, 2013.
- Falling through the cracks: A UBC grad on building a new mental health safety net by Joshua R. Beharry for Ubyssey, Opinion Jan 23, 2013.
- My boyfriend was suicidal – and I had no idea by The Telegraph, Mar 6, 2016
- From Suicide Attempt Survivor To Mental Health Advocate by Huffington Post Canada, Nov 24, 2015
- Movember Radio Interview, Nov 2015.
- Surreal Photos Show a Side of Depression We Don’t Often Get to See for The Mighty, Oct 30 2015
- This Powerful Photo Campaign Puts A Face To Men’s Depression by Huffington Post US, Oct 27 2015
- Movember photo series features men living with depression by Vancity Buzz, Oct 27, 2015
- Josh’s Story for HeadsUpGuys, Jun 16, 2015
- Back from the brink of death for VGH+UBC Foundation, by The Province, Mar 10, 2014
- Recent grad shares his story to reduce stigma around mental health for UBC Alma Mater Society, Jan 28, 2014
- Recent UBC grad shares perspectives on mental health for UBC Healthy Minds Blog, Dec 6, 2013.
- University of B.C. graduate opens up about suicide by Manisha Krishnan (@manishakrishnan) for Macleans.ca, On Campus, Feb 14, 2013.
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- This blog shares my personal experiences with mental health issues. Any changes to your health treatment should first be discussed with a doctor or medical professional.