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Stories of Impact

A Mom Fighting Stigma — Chelsea’s Story

Chelsea Moon is a 30-year-old recent university grad and mother of two. Her oldest child, 9-year-old Ali, is an active kid who loves to dance, spend time with her friends, and help her family in the garden.

Building the Ride Don’t Hide movement: Michael’s Story

On August 1, 2010, Michael Schratter, a Vancouver teacher who lives with bipolar disorder, began a solo cycling trip around the world.

Do-It-Yourself Mental Health: Brian’s Story

During a routine doctor’s visit, Brian presented his physician with a short list of health concerns. Along with his recent diagnosis of Type Two diabetes, he had also started to experience anxiety that was getting in the way of his work.

Drawing on a Network of Expertise: Rita Knodel’s Story

Rita Knodel, Director of Counselling Services at the University of Victoria, knows just how stressful university can be for both students and administrators.

Gord and Expressing Love

*Trigger Warning* I always do everything to be the absolute best, although life has tested me many times. I was born in Port Hardy and sadly my mum passed away…

Mike and What Family Means to Him

*Trigger Warning* I had an old electric frying pan in front of me, a potato, an egg, and a block of butter. I just put it all together and let…

Mother and Mental Health Advocate: Candice’s Story

After losing her brother to suicide and living with her own mental health challenges, Candice has found a renewed sense of purpose and reason to care for her mental health: her daughter.

Sharon and a Life of Contrast

Nimpke Benassii Kew, Two Thunderbird Woman, that’s my Indigenous name. Thunder and Lightening. My life has consistently been about duality. My mother is Indigenous from a reserve close to Lytton…

Volunteering and Recovery: Andrew’s Story

When Andrew Woods started volunteering with CMHA BC a year and a half ago, he didn’t know where the opportunity might lead.

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