Fav thing about your city: the Calgary Stampede, obviously!!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself! I talk about and eat McDonald’s at least 10x more than the average person
What is your connection to mental illness?
I identify as an ally to those struggling with mental illness because as someone who studied psychology and works in the field as a crisis line volunteer, as a friend, and as a family member, I know that mental illness can affect anyone. Like most people, I have seen mental illness take many different forms in many [sometimes unexpected] places. I’ve also seen personally how valuable it is to take care of my mental health regularly instead of waiting for things to get bad before acting.
People ask me frequently why I care so much about talking about mental health. I care because emotions are universal and mental illness or not, we all experience hardships and should feel comfortable talking about and seeking help during these times. These conversations are extremely important and my goal is to convey that you don’t have to have a mental illness to talk about mental health- it affects everyone.
What does your everyday look like?
Wake up, go to work, volunteer, go home and watch youtube videos for many hours, repeat…on weekdays.
On weekends, I like to drag my friends along to whatever new trendy food place I saw on Instagram that week to try it out myself!
What advice would you give to your younger self?
You’re going to spend a LOT of time on people who make you feel like you are worthless and you’ll spend even more time regretting sticking with those people. It’s okay. Knowing what it’s like to not have a place and to not have friends who support you will make you a better friend and support to other people later. Soon, you will move away for school and it will be the best decision you’ll make (to date). Stick it out through the bad friends, bad haircuts, bad outfits, and bad days because it really DOES get better.
Who is a Role Model to you?
I’m a big believer in the little things making the biggest difference so to me, a role model is someone who continuously strives to be a little better than they were yesterday. I am always inspired by people who never get complacent where they are and still try to work a little harder, talk to one more person, or learn one more thing, no matter how much they have already accomplished.
How do you spend your Self-Care Sunday?
My Monday-Saturday life has a lot of structure so my Self-Care Sundays have no set routine and they look different every week. My favourite thing to do on Sunday evenings is to grab a coffee (an expensive, delicious latte actually – treat yoself!?) and go to a bookstore alone for a few hours.
Photos by Sean Miyaji