My Recovery: Video Interview on Men’s Depression Website

Wanted to let everyone know about the men’s depression website my work launched last month. The site, HeadsUpGuys, is a resource built to support men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success….

Recovery from depression: Five years after my suicide attempt

Today is an anniversary of sorts. Five years ago on January 17, 2010, I tried to end my life. Depression had erased the person I use to be and I had lost the ability to feel happiness, joy and hope….

It's mo time baby! - Support Movember and Men's Mental Health

It’s mo time baby! – Support Movember and Men’s Mental Health

It’s been a few months since I made a post to MHPOV. I’ve been working for the Men’s Depression and Suicide Network  to create a website that gives men practical tips to manage and prevent depression. It’s coming along, and I…

The "Real" Man

The “Real” Man

Concept: The stereotypes that prevent men from seeking help for their health. Photo by Hans-Jörg Aleff / CC BY

Comic about depression

Talking About Depression: Good Friend/Bad Friend

Idea: Demonstrating what a good friend could say/do to support to someone experiencing mental health issues.

Info Graphic about Talking to a Friend About Depression

Talking to a Friend About Depression

How to talk about depression with a friend you’re concerned about. (It can be an awkward conversation to start but if it helps your friend, it’s worth it) What to do: Make sure your friend is in a comfortable place…

New Job with Movember Funded Men’s Depression and Suicide Network

I’ve started a new position working as project coordinator to develop a new men’s depression website! Been a busy week settling into my new job. So far everything looks great and I’m really looking forward to working with my new…

Radio Interview about Mental Health for VGH Foundation

I’ll be on the radio 3:30-4pm PST, this afternoon, Mar 6th. You can listen in live on CKNW (980AM, in Vancouver). There will be a series of interviews from 3pm-7pm hosted by Jon McComb to help raise funds for the VGH Foundation…

Depression as illness

Depression as Myth vs. Depression as Illness

Just because depression is not well understood, does not mean it does not exist or that it should be described solely in metaphors and analogies that perpetuate the false understanding of depression as something beyond us, that cannot be understood…

Taking Antidepressants

Anti-depressants help to lessen the impact of intense negative emotions that depression produces. After being diagnosed with depression, in the fall of 2009, I started taking a low dose of antidepressants.

Raising Funds for VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

Raising Funds for VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

I’ve shared my story with the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and University of British Columbia (UBC) Foundation to help raise funds for a new mental health centre at VGH. The campaign involves a wide range of mental health stakeholders, including…

Talk Therapy: Meeting with a Psychiatrist

When it came to speaking with a mental health professional, I didn’t know where to start. I felt exposed and uncomfortable sitting in a room with someone I didn’t know, having to share my most private thoughts.

Joining Partners for Mental Health!

Joining Partners for Mental Health!

I am excited this week to announce that I am joining Partners for Mental Health (PFMH) as a Community Correspondent! PFMH is a Canadian charitable organization that promotes mental health awareness and fundraising campaigns, focusing on workplace and youth mental…

Photography Featured on Broken Light

Photography Featured on Broken Light

The Broken Light: Photography Collective was founded by Danielle Hark and is a website dedicated to showcasing works by those affected by mental illness. A new photo is highlighted everyday. So far I’ve had two photos featured! Hope to send more in the…

Friends, Family and Peer Support Groups

I am lucky to have the support of family and friends. For months before and after being diagnosed with depression, I worried about what my friends would think of me if they found out. I thought they would forget who…

How I Use Mindfulness to Overcome Anxiety and Depression

Mindfulness promotes a non-judgemental approach to life, helping us avoid the pitfalls of cycling thoughts that feed depression.

MHPOV Comic on Suicide

What if Other Deaths were Discussed Like Suicide?

MHPOV comic highlighting the stigma and misunderstanding of mental illness and suicide.

What is CBT and how does it work?

Throughout my recovery, I learned that the more depressed and worried thoughts I had the easier it became to have them. Whenever we think connections are made in our minds and the more caught up we get with any thoughts…

Exploring my Recovery from Depression

Nothing destined me towards depression and suicide, had I known all I do now much of what I experienced could have been avoided. The days directly following my suicide attempt were a mess of emotions.  I went from feeling

Missing the Warning Signs of Anxiety and Depression

My experiences developing depression over the fall of 2009 were preceded by several months of intense anxiety and dramatic shifts in mood. When my mental health first started deteriorating, I looked for specific things that were going wrong in my…