Life, Mental Health

An Open Letter to the Professor at the University of Guelph

To the professor at the University of Guelph, I woke up this morning, jumped on Twitter, and immediately felt a pit in my stomach. There it was, a story by CTV News, "Students walk out after prof allegedly mocks classmate with anxiety." "A Guelph University professor referred to a student's aid worker as his 'handler.'"… Continue reading An Open Letter to the Professor at the University of Guelph

Fitness, Mental Health

Working Out with Depression

If you've ever spoken to a doctor about feelings of depression (or anxiety,) one of the very first things they will suggest you try is exercise - which is an absolute nightmare for someone with depression. If you can barely get yourself out of bed, how are you supposed to go to the gym? It's… Continue reading Working Out with Depression

Life, Mental Health

An Open Letter to Those Battling Depression

To You Who Needs to Hear This - From My Heart to Yours, In 2015, I took the screen out of my 5th floor apartment window, stuck my head outside, and tried to determine if the jump would kill me, or just terribly injure me. I was already in so much pain emotionally, the last… Continue reading An Open Letter to Those Battling Depression

Mental Health

The Elephant in the Room: Seasonal Depression

      Many people struggle with Seasonal Depression, also (appropriately) referred to as SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Some people only suffer from depression seasonally, while other people (like myself) live with depression all year round, but feel that their depression worsens as the seasons change. SAD is said to be more likely to affect… Continue reading The Elephant in the Room: Seasonal Depression

Mental Health

Words Matter: Things You Shouldn’t Say To Someone With A Mental Illness

     Mental Illness is an incredibly complex, at times indescribable thing. It's something that you'll never truly understand unless you've lived it. However, that doesn't mean that you can't be empathetic towards those who do live with it. My best friend has never struggled with mental illness, he's never had depression or anxiety, yet he… Continue reading Words Matter: Things You Shouldn’t Say To Someone With A Mental Illness