March 31, 2015
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Laurier students are leaders when it comes to promoting dialogue around mental health.
The following students spoke up and shared their own struggles with mental health to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. Be inspired by their stories to help someone you know or to seek help for yourself.
Dave, a second-year Laurier student, remembers the day he hit rock bottom very clearly: “I remember waking up and saying ‘today’s the day.’ I had a plan and I had the pills to do it. I wasn’t safe. I needed help that night.”
After speaking with counsellors and crisis nurses, Dave rebuilt himself and started on the road to overcoming his mental-health struggle, immersing himself in the Laurier community. “That day that I hit rock bottom could’ve been the worst day of my life, but in a way it was almost the best because when I left, I was on a path to recovery,” he says.
After dealing with serious depression in Grade 12, Melody decided she wasn’t going let mental illness keep her from the things she wanted to do. The hardest part, she says, was having that first conversation: “Once you put it out there, you share it with somebody, the worst is over. The hardest part is talking about it.”
Melody, a Laurier music student, has been able to succeed in many areas of her life while dealing with mental health issues, and she owes it to making that first decision to speak up. “I wasn’t scared to talk about it and I was hoping other people wouldn’t be,” she says. “To hear that my struggle was heard and accepted was really big.”
Watch Melody’s story.
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