Role Models: Bronwyn

A few weeks ago we put out a casting call for models. Role models. 

We asked you to share your smiles and your mental health stories, and we received so many applications. In fact, they're still piling in daily. So we've planned photoshoots at different cities across the country to be able to share your stories. Here's the first: 


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My name is Bronwyn Plourde and I am from Fredericton, New Brunswick. On Monday March 9th I turned 20 years old. 7 Years ago had you asked me if I would make it here I wouldn’t have been able to give you an answer. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. To some it would be world shattering. To me, it was exactly what I needed.. I just didn’t see it at the time. After years of not understanding what was wrong, it explained a lot. The ups and downs. Why I felt everything so intensely and why I didn’t feel normal. Back then I didn’t see it this way. But like anything, with time you grow and learn.  
  
   
High school was very hard for me. I didn’t handle my emotions the best, but I was still learning how to cope. I turned to self injury when things got hard. I felt like I needed to cut to feel release and to make everything okay. It took years for me to realize that wasn’t the answer. But I’m so proud to say I did. In October it will be 4 years since I have self injured, give or take a few bumps in the road along the way. 



     I had a lot of support throughout my struggles. My mother was and still is my hero for her strength. I also was very lucky in the counselling I received. Both therapists I saw and continue to see were amazing. They went above and beyond and changed my life completely. Realizing it was okay to ask for help was one of the best things I ever did. Without the support I had, I’m not sure where I would be, which is why I’m so grateful for that. 

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When I heard of Wear Your Label I was thrilled. To see people stand up and work so hard to break the stigma and show others that it is okay.. It is so reassuring. I am lucky to have come so far. There was a time where I didn’t think I would live to see this day, and I didn’t even want to. I’m so glad I did. I wanted to share my story in hopes it will help someone else. Just to be able to show people that it does get better, and that the darkness will turn into light. I’ve always wanted to be able to speak up and make a difference. I just never knew how until now. 

 

PS. Bronwyn was also recently featured here by Humans of Fredericton (credits for this lovely photo above). 



8 Responses

André Plourde
André Plourde

April 08, 2015

It takes a lot of courage to admit to oneself that we need help and to commit ourselves to working through our issues. It takes perseverance and patience to raise ourselves above our inner pain and to not allow ourselves to be defined by our wounds. It takes humility to come forward and share our story with others. I want you to know how very proud I am of you Bronwyn. You truly are an amazing person. All my love. Uncle André

Stella
Stella

April 08, 2015

Bronwyn, thank you for sharing! You are an incredible young woman and should be so very proud of who you are and the mountains you have climbed. I hope you continue to share your story so others can learn from your strength and determination to keep going! Truly an amazing story!!!

Carla Brown
Carla Brown

April 08, 2015

born, I’m so proud of you for sharing your story. You are such an inspiration. I have watched you grow up into a beautiful young lady and know this has been an experience that will help many others. Love you dearly.

Corrine Dibblee
Corrine Dibblee

April 08, 2015

Keep talking my dear, there are people out there that need to hear your words. Your a special young lady and I’m honored to know you.

Fred Shelly
Fred Shelly

April 08, 2015

Although Bron and I have never met face to face, we’ve spoken several times and Ive known her mom for years. She has SO much to be proud of. She is an inspiration to many and her story will continue to empower people for years to come. You’re an amazing woman Bronwyn.. don’t ever change XO

Meghan
Meghan

April 07, 2015

Awesome, Bronwyn! So glad to see you sharing your story!

Jeanne Clarke-Walker
Jeanne Clarke-Walker

April 07, 2015

I have watched this young lady blossom from a shy young girl into a strong and amazing young woman. Proud to know her and her Mom and love that Bron has the strength to share her story.

Gerry-Ellen Hunter
Gerry-Ellen Hunter

April 07, 2015

I worked with Bronwyn for some time…she is one amazing young lady. She is a very sweet person, and easy to work with. I had no idea of her issues in life, I am sad to hear this however also touched to know she is such a strong person. She always has a smile for all and is caring towards others…She always had a special place in my heart and now it is even stronger….one amazing young lady, keep up the good work Bronwyn!!!! xxxxx
Gerry-Ellen

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