WYL: Tell us a bit about yourself!
BC: I am 23 years old from Saint John, NB. In September I will be starting my second year of study in the bachelor of arts program at UNBSJ. I've yet to pick a major but my main interests are Psychology and Sociology. I currently have a Human Services diploma from NBCC and I work as a Residential Caregiver for youth who struggle with behavioural issues, intellectual disabilities and/or mental illness. I plan on becoming a counsellor or a social worker.
WYL: Why is mental health awareness important to you?
BC: Mental health awareness is important to me because I understand the extent of the pain that one can feel from being unwell and I also understand how it can affect, not only the individual who is suffering, but their loved ones as well. I've learned a lot about this throughout my studies and through my job but I have also grown up struggling quietly with what goes on in my head. I think it's important that everyone understands that they do not have to keep quiet; we can and we should speak up about our problems. Whether we need talk therapy, medication, or whatever else, then so be it. We need to collectively understand that asking for help does not make us weak and talking about our pain is a positive process!
WYL: What are you most proud of yourself for?
BC: I am most proud of myself for following my heart. Despite the pressure of society, family, friends, I am taking my time with life and trying everyday to be the best version of 'ME'. I am not rushing to get anywhere. I am taking life as it comes and going with my gut. People say things like, "wow you've been graduated for this long and you are just now beginning your education towards a career?" Well, yes friends. I'm not forcing myself into a box. I'm being myself and I will get to where I need to be! I have faith, determination, and confidence that I will someday have a career that doesn't feel like 'work'.
WYL: If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would you say?
BC: I would tell her not to focus so much on what other people think of you.
WYL: Do you have a favourite quote that has helped you through a hard time?
BC: ”If you can make it through the night, there's a brighter day"
This reminds me that no matter how bad things get or how bad they may feel in the moment, there is a brand new day ahead and we never know what great things might be in-store.