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The Power of Hope

The Power of Hope

I spent years hiding behind my smile, and not a single person knew the depths of my struggles with mental illness and addiction. As a teacher, I downplayed my collapse in the hallway outside of the classroom, and after a visit with a doctor I sat alone with the cold reality that I had one month to live.

At that time I understood that if I wanted something different I had to do something different.

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Mental Health Tips

Over the past few weeks I have received numerous requests asking for tips to assist in one's mental wellness.  This has inspired me to create a series of mental health tips. Here is tip number 1!   ...

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Stories Shatter Stigma

  While we are certainly moving in the right direction with mental health, stigma remains evident in our places of work and communities. Learning about various mental health...

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My Journey Towards Wellness

As a kid, I never grew up hoping to one day struggle with mental illness or become an addict. Who knew that these were the lessons I needed to learn to be in a position to help others...

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Men and Suicide: It’s Time to Talk

  Lately, I’ve received a lot of messages from men who are really struggling, and I have a very legitimate fear that as we continue to navigate through COVID-19 we are going to see an increase in...

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3 Strategies to Manage Emotions

Here’s the thing... emotions are energy. Where we run into problems is when this energy remains trapped inside. In an attempt to manage my emotions, I spent many years turning towards self-harming behaviours, or substances like alcohol. That did not work. What did...

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COVID-19 and Grief

This image was taken during my last keynote before COVID-19. As time ticks on I am finding that one of the greatest emotions I am feeling is grief. After spending so many years trying to harm or kill myself this was my redemption. However, while there is loss for all...

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Mental Health Strategies During COVID-19

  Unfortunately, we are going to see a significant rise in the number of people who struggle with mental health issues as a result of COVID-19. The coronavirus has required us to...

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“What’s stronger than a broken man who has the courage to rebuild himself? It’s time to redefine what it means to be strong.”

– Allan Kehler