Stories

Which glasses do you wear?: Carleen Desautels

Understand is an action word. A verb that means to interpret the meaning, significance, explanation or cause of something, it demands that to understand we have to “do” something. But what is it that we have to do? I would propose that the do part of understanding is the ways we choose to look at things, people and situations that we aren’t familiar with, that are different than us. Differences are a part of our everyday lives. We have different tastes in clothes, different jobs with different demands. We look different, think different and act in different ways. Facing differentness is not an option, but HOW we face differentness is. When faced with things, people and situations that are different, ask yourself;

ANTs: Carleen Desautels

Ants, how harmful can these tiny little insects really be? Just ask someone who has been bitten by a fire ant, named after the fire-like pain they leave with even a single bite. These seemingly tiny creatures pack a punch and have the potential to kill small animals and even humans who may be attacked by an army of these nasty ants. So you may be wondering why I am talking about insects here. Well just consider this, what if

Warm Hearts/Healthy Minds: Rachel Chapman

I am a 21 year old nursing student with the Saskatchewan Collaborate Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. I had the opportunity to be placed on the Regina General Hospital’s Psychiatric Unit this year for my third year clinical placement.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a confident student who works well in a fast-paced environment, and who excels in challenging situations.  After being on the cardiac unit at the General, I was unsure of my move to the mental health unit.  Don’t get me wrong; I have a great respect for mental health and those affected by it; being someone who has struggled with my own mental health barriers. However, it was not the unit I wanted to work in.  To me, I wanted to be able to stitch someone up, heal a wound or administer medications and send them on their way to a healthy recovery.  But those who struggle with mental health barriers and addictions will battle with it for most of their lives and I had difficulty grasping the concept of never being able to fully “heal” someone.  Little did I know, it would change me forever as a person.

 

Invisible Pain: Jim Demeray

For the last 2 years I have been confronted with a question that I have never had a clear answer to.  The question is “Why”? Although this confronts me everyday I have underestimated the power in it.  I have realized that sometimes your body will put things in motion before your brain will even process the “why”.  Or maybe the answers are not always the prettiest ones.  Maybe it is because I never took the time to truly admit the “why”, or maybe there are so many reasons that I struggle to find the one deserving of a definitive answer.

The question is; why did I start a Mental Health foundation?…

Nothing More/Nothing Less: Samantha Johnson

Mental illness is stigmatic to most, due to the misunderstanding involved in it.  I am one of many who wish to offer people a different understanding.  My name is Samantha and I suffer from clinical depression.  I say ‘suffer’ because that is truly what mental illness causes: a daily struggle. Some days are better than others, in fact some days are wonderful; full of life and joy….

 

The Life Inside My hED: Edwardo Alvaro

“Dude, are you okay?” “How did you come up with that? – Are you on drugs?” – those are just some of the comments I’ve heard regarding my images. No I am not on drugs, and yes, I am okay. The images that I’ve created are a reflection of what was going on in my head at that point in time. A friend had asked me if everything was okay because of the dark nature of some of the pieces.  I replied that everything was okay, but little did I know that there were some underlying issues going on in my life that surfaced through my art. I was going through a stressful time, trying to start up and establish my career…

UnderstandUs Sessions Vol. 1: Insight by Elise Lussier

In the first edition of the UnderstandUs sessions, Independent filmmaker Elise Lussier explores the common reality of Mental Health barriers in society…

The disease called “perfection”: by Dan Pearce

This is one of the most impactful pieces of writing I have read in a while.  This is something that is happening all around us.  Lets help cure this disease.

The disease called perfection

Kevin Breel presents…

This is an amazing and inspiring take on the common issue of depression.