State of Mind

 

Mental wellness impacts all of us in one way or another.  We either are someone or know someone who is struggling in their lives.  Conversations that surround our Mental wellness carries the most stigma and judgment and sadly the least amount of compassion.  Through storytelling, State of Mind showcases how mental health impacts all of our lives and challenges the reader to find their own healing and hope that inspire conversations necessary to create change.  After all, if we all wore our stories on our chest for everyone to read, we would all be a kinder and less judgmental world.

  • Dear Diary, I am not sure what I am facing. Is this natural anxiety or health anxiety I should be worried about?  I feel all this emotion is a manifestation of these college changes, and maybe even my own unhealthy lifestyle. It’s college, right? So,...

  • I struggled.  I cried.  I found myself in a very dark place at times, overwhelmed with my life.  But, I overcame, excelled and I never gave up.   Most of all, I learned to love myself.  “I’m Still Here.”  Love, Maura

  • When she was a little girl, she had dreams.  She wanted to be an actress, to see her name in the lights.  She would look at her self in the mirror and practise posing and speaking lines from her favourite movies. Now she poses for...

  • With her backpack slung carelessly over her shoulder and her heart full of new possibilities, she walked along the hallway that was lined with familiar faces.  It was the first day of school and the uncertainty of what the new school year would bring started...

  • It wasn’t all that bad, he really was a good dad when he was feeling better.  He was so much fun and they went on adventures of a lifetime.  He made her feel like she mattered to him, he made time for her and she...

  • When she walked into the room, all eyes were on her not because she was beautiful but because she just had that special something about her that She had that way about her, she lite up the room with her bubbly personality and her zest...

  • She hides crouched in her familiar corner on the street, her life’s struggles etched on her face.  Her eyes, shifting back and forth, watching for signs of danger she knows are out there.  The voices linger and hold her mind captive and her every thought,...

  • From the moment he wakes up in the morning, he is a happy man.  He gets ready for the day and smiles easily to himself while taking a moment to reflect on his life.  His good friend, Wayne Gretzky, helped him get the position as a locker...

  • He sat in his car outside of the yoga studio willing himself to walk in but for some reason, he couldn’t.  His stomach was in knots and he thought to himself, “What the hell am I doing? I don’t belong here.”  This was his second...

  • I go by the title of The Tea Giver hence my project being called The Tea Giver Project. As you can tell by this photo I am a really big Beatles fan. A fun fact is that I saw Paul McCartney in concert twice. Paul’s...

  • After a two-year battle with cancer, God is calling her home.   Her breast cancer has metastasized to her brain.   She has done everything she could and has fought for two years with strength and courage.  Her faith is what keeps her from drowning from the realization...

  • Morning came early as he stepped out of the local shelter he called home that night.  He slung his backpack over his shoulder and paused for a moment to allow the sunshine to warm his face.  He stretched his weary body and realized, he could sleep for...

  • As a dancer, there was so much pressure to be thin.  She heard it everywhere.  So she learned.  She learned how to purge.  She learned to count every calorie.  She learned to not care about the taste of food anymore because food to her was...

  • She has struggled with depression and anxiety as far back as she can remember. Her dad passed away when she was just 4 years old. Her world was turned upside down and everything spiralled out of control ever since. She’s been in and out of...

  • Her 2-year-old son has lived much of his young life in the hospital due to a rare heart condition. Because of this, she has developed secondary Post Traumatic Stress disorder. Through avoidance of her thoughts and triggers, she has also developed Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...

  • She loved and she trusted him and he hurt her. She was 5 years old when the first one sexually abused her. She told and no one believed her. It happened again at 8 years old, but a different man this time. She told, but...

  • Her fear is constant, it doesn’t let up and she knows it doesn’t make sense. She lives with it everyday and it torments her daily. She sees and anticipates the worst in every situation.  She stresses about situations that haven’t happened and they aren’t logical,...

  • She noticed her stomach swelling to a point where she looked pregnant; it was tender but not painful enough to go to the hospital. She tolerated it for a while but it keep swelling up and her mom decided it needed to be looked at....

  • “Everything in my life felt so out of control. So, I looked to something that no one could take away from me and that was control of my myself”. As a dancer there was so much pressure to be thin. She heard it everywhere and...

  • Dear Cancer,  I hate you. I hate everything you stand for. I hate that you have the power and control to hurt the people I love. I hate that you’ve caused me so much heartache. You linger like an unknown shadow in the back of...

  • He had been stalking her for a while, watching every move she made.   He was so quiet and not once did she hear him until he startled her by running towards her and stopping just a few meters behind her.  He crouched down low and squared off,...

  • He woke from his nightmare and his little heart was pounding out of his chest for the 4th night in a row. For a split second, he forgot she was gone and he cried out for her. “Mamma, please, come, I had another nightmare”, but...

  • I met David at an event after he spoke about his “story” regarding mental health. When he was sharing with us, I found myself very inspired. The way he spoke was very heartfelt and without shame for what he went through but what really resonated...

  • The reason I chose Valentines Day to release this photo is because Valentines Day is a day of LOVE. I want this photo to represent love for yourself and for your SCARS regardless of what that means for each and everyone of you. The scars...

  • Her son had the best sense of humour, it was dry and witty and he always had a way of making her laugh. He was handsome, smart and sensitive and he truly cared about the world and the people in it. He loved music and...

  • She sat beside his hospital bed with her hands folded neatly in her lap, her body aching from days and nights of talking to God. The Dr. quietly walked in; carrying with him the heavy burden of news he was about to tell her. She...

  • There are so many things I see when I look in the mirror… I see skin that has been scarred during battles with mental illness; I see grey and white hair where once I saw black, cherry red and deep purple hair; I see lines...

  • She knows your wondering about it; she can feel your glances and curious stares when you first look at her.   She knows because you’re not the first person to stare at her like this and wonder what happened. When she was younger, she wore scarfs...

  • They see the beauty of the world in a way that is unique to only them.   They enjoy the simple pleasures offered in life that you and I usually take for granted.  They like to laugh and be silly and run around in the playground. ...

  • His nightmares didn’t start right away, neither did his screams.  He was tough and didn’t think he would be one of them who suffered at night reliving the horrors of the days gone by.  After seeing so much destruction, he would thrash around and his...

  • He didn’t know until later on in his life the man that stared back at him in the mirror every morning was destined to be a her.   She peered out from behind him hidden in the dark shadows waiting for him to take notice of...

  • Were you ever afraid of the dark? Do you remember as a child running quickly to turn on the light, then running to the next one, and turning that one on to ward off the monsters you knew were lurking about? What would you do...

  • He was eight-years-old when his 35-year-old father died of a heart attack.  That moment changed his life forever.  His dad was his hero and the man his mother replaced him with was an abusive alcoholic.  He started to rebel and started experimenting with drugs at...

  • We all face challenges, but without resources, I wouldn’t be where I am today. These organizations all exposed me at a young age to others who faced similar challenges. They helped me discover and understand my own limits, helped teach me compassion for others and...

  • I just knew I had leukemia. Like a shouting child insistent on his way, my secret disease seemed to scream in my face, “Told you!” Shaking my head in frustration, I attempted to dislodge the thought. I was nineteen years old. I couldn’t have cancer....