Art: Lindsay Cameron for The Globe and Mail
As most of you know, speaking out about my own story to reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health issues has become my personal mission. Today I am thrilled to be reaching over a million people with my message.
The Globe and Mail is Canada’s largest-circulation national newspaper and today’s edition features an essay I wrote about my depression. Much of it will be familiar to my faithful readers but it is my rawest piece to date.
Please, take a moment to click the link and read… and then pass the story along. The more people we reach, the better.
One day, when I was in my final year, I was swimming laps in the university pool. I paused to catch my breath at the end of a set.
“Did you hear about _________?” The lifeguard had strolled over for a chat. We’d gone to high school together.
“No.” I replied, willing him to go away. I only had an hour until my next class.
“He killed himself.”
I lost my breath again and had to be helped out of the water. Continue reading