PhoWhat is a Role Model? Not too long ago, we decided that it wasn't enough to cast fashion models based on comp cards and height. We wanted to showcase the stories of real people, who are brave enough to wear their label. Ceilah is one of those Role Models. Here's her story.
Recently, she spoke out on social media about her brother’s struggle with mental illness, which received over 20,000 views and 450 shares. It was also featured on CBC, where Ceilah highlighted how she wants to see change in schools.
“I want to see a lot change," said Keats. "I want to see more discussion in schools about it, more assemblies, and more ways to get help for yourself, besides making an appointments with the guidance counsellor." (CBC)
WYL: Tell us more about why you made this video.
Ceilah: My brother had been suffering since grade 7 from mental illness, and I fear that he had suffered in silence for so long because he did not know how to reach out to get help. By making this video about his life and his memories I hope that more and more people will begin discussing the importance of raising awareness around mental illness. It is more important than anything that those who are currently suffering do not feel like they are alone and feel that they are allowed to reach out for help. I hope that Thomas's memory continues to impact people and aids in making a change around the stigma of mental illness's.
As this week is mental illness and mental health awareness week I have been working on a video in memory of my brother. Mental illness is a serious issue and needs to be discussed. Thank you all who take the time to view the video, it is very much appreciated.Posted by Ceilah Foley-Keats on Thursday, October 8, 2015
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