1. Tell us a bit about yourself
I am injury-prone washed up athlete. This is technically my third year of university at UNB but due to my mental health, I spent a full year not getting credits and trying to get myself back on track.
2. Why is ending the stigma important?
When I first started suffering from depression and anxiety I came up with every possible scenario of what was wrong other than me having a mental illness. I thought that I had too good of a life, there was no reason for me to be sad and have trouble getting out of bed. Even now I have a tough time accepting it. Ending the stigma is important because people shouldn’t feel like they don’t have a reason to be suffering.
3. When did you know you needed help?
I’m not sure when I personally realized that I needed help… In high school I stayed in bed and missed so many classes that my mother dragged me to a doctor. The doctor ending up telling me that there was a good chance I was suffering from anxiety and depression since it was something that people in my family had to deal with. I guess I would say when I realized it myself would’ve been my second year of university when I didn’t have someone else to drag me to a doctor and I had to do it on my own.
4. What are you most proud of yourself for?
I am most proud of myself for finally reaching out and getting the help I need and deserve.
5. Who inspires you?
There are three people in my life that really inspire me and I have a tattoo to represent them collectively. Two of these three are my parents. The tattoo is of a lion to represent the strength that they have and I aspire to have. I’ve seen them go through so much and still hold everything together and that’s all I can wish for myself.