I have been absent for a whole day but it’s felt like longer. I have been very busy and very tied.
Today is 7 months self harm free!!! WOOT!
As many of you know this past month has been particularly hard but I made it!
My reward is allowing myself to spend money on brunch with friends! The Madvocates are having their final meeting of 2012
On Thursday September 13, 2012 the Ontario Human Rights Commission will be at Ryerson University presenting their Mental Health Consultation Report!
Minds that Matter: The OHRC’s Mental Health Consultation Report
Please join us for the release of the report on September 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM.
Place: Sears Atrium in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Center
245 Church St. Toronto, Ontario
After my group, The Madvocates, will be holding an open forum discussing mental health issues on campus and the OHRC report!
Location: 99 Gerrard St E, Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre (SHE building), Room 686
If you live in the area it would be great if you stopped by! All welcome!
Because you never seem to find it!
The Madvocates did not receive funding yet again. We have been trying for about 2 or 3 years or so to get funding to begin our research.
It’s very strange because the organizations tell us how amazing our project is and how it’s important but the money never seems to come.
How can support and praise lead to nothing?
Could it be sanism?! Not actually wanting to fund a project on mental health? It’s starting to look that way.
101 Things That Make Me Happy
50. The Madvocates (my mental health research group)
51. YO Group (a peer support group I attend)
52. Black Roses
54. Being Busy
55. The Virgin Suicides
56. Having My Feelings Validated
57. Supporting Others
58. Old Panic! At the Disco
61. My Laptop
62. Travelling (when I can)
63. Bass (music, not fish)
64. Having a Loving Partner
65. Seeing that My Relationship with My Family is the Best it’s Been!
67. Drinks Where Your Don’t Notice the Alcohol
69. This Number Makes Me Happy
Yet another great episode on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin! This one is about 30min in length and is talking about Canada’s first ever national mental health strategy!
Once again I had my say from the comfort of my couch via The Madvocates on Twitter!
How do I feel I’ve been let down by the system? I feel that I was not taken seriously, I feel that my psychiatrist was to quick to diagnose and medicate me, I feel my psychiatrist did not listen to me and he made me feel weak.
If you would like to check out the new strategy you can view it here: http://strategy.mentalhealthcommission.ca/pdf/strategy-images-en.pdf
It’s a great discussion and there is a lot of optimism for this new plan!
Video Description: The Mental Health Commission of Canada has announced its new strategy. Will it help those dealing with mental illness get the treatment they need?
“Do not assume that she who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. Her life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, she would never have been able to find these words.”- Rainer Maria Rilke
This quote was sent by a fellow Madvocate to the group. Everyone in the group has their issues, their experiences that have made life and sometimes living seem just too hard. We are still there for each other and appreciate each other’s journeys and the journeys that are too come. Without what we’ve gone through we wouldn’t be together. ♥