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Featured Advocate: Bobbie from It’s The Depression Talking TRIGGER WARNING 4/5

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delbobbBobbie: I became a mental health advocate and author (“It’s The Depression Talking: A Self-Help Memoir “) after spending two years in a horrendous bout of severe depression. I have been a sufferer since my early twenties. In my mid-forties I found myself detached, isolated, in tears constantly, and suicidal for the first time. What scares me the most is, my suicidal ideation didn’t even scare me. With the help of medication and a good doctor, I got better and wrote my book, started a blog, and a Facebook page for other sufferers.

Sometimes an inspirational quote on Facebook can change someone’s day. Reading a book about someone else’s struggle helps people to know they are not alone. I want uneducated people to hear what a REAL day in the life of someone who is severely depressed is like, so they can relate better to their loved ones who struggle

. I want to give other sufferers someone they can relate to, as well. I think I achieved that in my book by being brutally honest about depression. I just wanted to help lend a voice through my own experience.

It’s The Depression Talking SELF-HELP, DEPRESSION, MENTAL ILLNESS

“In my formative years I had social phobia and extreme separation anxiety from my parents. I had my first panic attack at fifteen years old, and was diagnosed with anxiety. Ultimately, in my mid-twenties, I was diagnosed with severe clinical depression. 

I have quit numerous jobs, I have been on disability, I have isolated myself for months at a time–several times over the years. I have slept years away to escape my pain. I lost precious time with my children and family. I lost my life, up to this point, because of depression.”

Finally a book that does not sugarcoat the reality of depression. Learn how I slowly pulled myself out of a horrendous two year depression that had me bedridden, and suicidal for the first time.

Whether you are a sufferer, or you care for someone that is, my truth will change the way you relate to depression.

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Featured Advocate: Cindy from Recovery- the Journey that follows 3/26

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delembCindy: At an early age, I thought I could “save the world” and everyone in it. Elders tried to discourage me throughout my life saying “You can’t help everyone”. When I began my recovery, I was fortunate enough to have my husband by my side, but no other friends or family to be there for me in my time of need. That is when I decided to create my home online group My Journey, then later on my page Recovery- the Journey that follows. We all long for understanding, compassion, and respect. And sometimes this is easiest to find among others who share our situation or outlook. My calling was thrown into full mode in no time. I enjoy helping people, hearing their stories, helping them get down to the root of their addiction, giving them the resources they need, and listening to them vent or ask for support.

Recovery- the Journey that follows:  Addiction, recovery, mental and chronic illness, self mutilation, etc. We provide inspiration and the resources needed to cope/overcome your struggle ❤️

Group: My Journey is a place where men & women can comeand support each other through life’s difficulties. It is where we strive to build an online family. We all long for understanding, compassion, and respect. And sometimes it’s easiest to find this among others who share our situation or outlook. That’s where our support group comes in. There is nothing like sharing stories and experiences with others on the same path. *****We discuss addiction, recovery, depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, chronic illnesses, and self harm.

Our group is a tight-knit family, where we can be free and comfortable with one another, without feeling judged or criticized.
Feel free to post any question you may have for fellow members, or myself.

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Featured Advocate: Marie from Tasteful Truths 2/19

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deltastMarie: I am an advocate because I know what it is like to feel like you do not have a voice. I know how hard it is to have words formed at the tip of your tongue but, never allowing them to fall out any further because of fear and shame. Fear of being judged and shame of being “ill”. I am an advocate for those who have not yet found their voice. I am an advocate for those who are still finding words to form their story. I am an advocate because having a mental illness is not something to be ashamed of. The world needs to hear everybody’s voice and story and I am hear for that.

Tasteful Truths The truth of having a mental illness from my point of view and others; worded as tastefully as possible.

Ever since I can remember I have battled an eating disorder; a disease that has the highest mortality rate of an other mental illness. Accompanying the eating disorder was always the bouts of depression, anxiety, and occasional OCD. I hid my eating disorder the best I could because there was so much shame in having it. It wasn’t until I was able to separate myself from my eating disorder (with the help of a wonderful treatment team and the book Life Without ED) that I understood an eating disorder was an illness; a serious life threatening illness.

I am now in my late twenties and I hear people bash not only eating disorders but other mental illnesses as well. This is simply a page with my thoughts and occasional quotes and inspiring photos to encourage people who are fighting a mental illness to keep going.  Website

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Featured Advocate: Jessica from Mental Illness Support Page and Challenge Yourself (Group) 8/4, 2/8

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delete11Jessica:  I’m an advocate because I have struggled with Mental Illness my entire life and I wanted to help people that struggle with it too. Also I want to help end this stigma that’s built around mental illness. I’m trying  to create  awareness out their for mental health.

I’m 25 years old from Upstate New York. When I was 12 I was first diagnosed with Bi polar 2, major depressive disorder, borderline personaility, schizoeffective disorder, & general anxiety disorder. As a kid I always knew I was different then other kids around me.

I always wanted to be alone and different have many friends. Through the years my mental illness made it difficult for me to live a “normal life”. Despite the fact that I was called “a highly functioning bi polar person”. Meaning I was able to go to school, drive and work. What I was unable to do was finish school(dropped out of college, stress got the best of me), work(have had multiple jobs in the past 10 years due).

I have been through many relationships and was divorced at 24 years old. When I reached my twenties I developed bad social anxiety causing me to withdrawal myself from the world. After therapy didn’t work, I decided to start my own “support group” to find people out in the world that were going through the same things. I wanted to let them know they are not alone. I want people to know that we are not victims, our disorder doesn’t define who we are inside.

Youtube :  I share videos about my take on different mental health topics as well as my personal tips and journal videos.

Mental Illness Support Page
del57Mental illness is a long hard battle to go through. Lets fight this battle together!

To help people who are dealing with similar issues like anxiety and depression and other mental illnesses! Also wanted to show support for mental awareness:)

Hi Everyone, My name is Jessica and this is a online support group page for anyone that is dealing with issues related to mental illness. There are already support pages for people dealing with anxiety and depression but none for dealing with other serious mental illnesses, which is why i wanted to create a page where people like myself can relate to other people battling the same thing!

We are not professionals nor should be considered replacement for your actual Doctors, medicine, and other professional authorities. This is simply a group designed to discuss topics and problems so we can all grow together!

Challenge Yourself Group

Hi Everyone! My name’s Jessica and I’m 25 years old from Upstate New York. We all have are own goals that we set for our selves and it may take us awhile to get there. With hard work and determination we can accomplish anything that we set our minds too. This group is for anyone and everyone that has something to accomplish whatever that something may be. Don’t give up, you will get there!

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Featured Advocate: Sheri from Depression 2/5

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deldepSheri: I am an advocate because as a survivor of domestic violence, I suffer from severe depression and PTSD and believe it is my duty to try to reach as many people as possible. I want to share my story and make them realize they are not alone and they have no reason to feel guilty or ashamed.

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We are people with a passion to help our fellow man, we are people just like you that have been through Depression, and through our struggles in life we are dedicated to help you no matter what you’r background / religion / race. Our views and opinions are our own and not that of others, we are not Doctors nor Psychiatrists we are just people that love life.

 

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Featured Advocate: Akshay from Jashn-E-Zindagi 2/2

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delakshay2Akshay: I am an advocate because  I have suffered from depression and want to help similar people. My page aims at motivating people, especially teens suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts. I want a sensitive audience who have suffered from depression.

Jashn-E-Zindagi This page is dedicated to teens suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. This page is meant to make them realize that life is beautiful. I truly believe that every person in this world deserves to feel loved and respected. I believe everyone is wonderful irrespective of their age, gender, physical appearance, their past or any other flaws in them. I genuinely want to reach out to all such people to make them realize that they are wonderful.

I’m here for anyone who needs a friend or someone to talk to.
I LOVE YOU ALL 🙂

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Featured Advocate: Tania from Silent Warriors 1/27

 

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delswTania: At age 31,  I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Luckily I had already had my children . After a hysterectomy, I was lucky enough to escape this disease with out further usual cancer treatment apart from follow up appointments and check ups.

About 6 months later, I found myself in chronic pain right through my body , after months of xrays, blood tests , pain and thinking it was all in my head my doctor finally referred me to a Rheumatologist where I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

I was Like “What the heck is that?” I had never heard of this. After researching this I found I was not alone, in pain but not alone. I was given medication but it made me quite ill and started breaking down my teeth. It seemed I couldn’t win. Through diet and some exercise I find some relief from time to time.

About a year later I woke to the side of my face completely paralyzed. It was Bells Palsy (facial stroke ) apparently from stress. Luckily after a few weeks it subsided and left little damage.

A few years had passed and I found myself in a different kind of pain, ankles, fingers , knees , completely swollen and throbbing , I knew this wasn’t my fibromyalgia as that is more like a burning, stabbing pain through my muscles.Surprise Surprise..more doctors, more tests and more xrays to find out I had Rhumartory Arthritis. Again medication did not work , it broke half my teeth, gave me nausea and stomach cramping. So then it was 12 months of dental care to have teeth removed and denture plates fitted.

I really felt like I was a woman in an 80yr old body. Controlling my own illnesses was hard enough especially when its hard to explain something that can’t be seen, I was spiralling into depression and constant anxiety everytime I went to the doctor. Being a mum is hard enough but having to deal with all these health issues was just too much.

On anti- depressants I did feel better mentally and then I had family come to us with terminal cancer, suddenly my health was second and caring for them became first. Sadly we lost a member of our family after 18 months of Chemo and Radiation therapy. His fight was a brave one and I am so glad I had this journey with him. It gave me such a better understanding of what cancer patients go through on a daily basis.

Now back concentrating on my health , my children’s health ( 2 boys with asthma and a daughter with wheat and lactose intolerance) I felt its time to help others, by sharing my story, experiences and allowing people to understand Silent/Invisible Illness. I want to educate others and raise awareness that all illnesses can’t be seen. I know I am much luckier than others , My illnesses can be quite tame compared to others. I am still alive to tell my story. You are Not Alone, You Are Silent Warriors

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Silent Warriors This page is For all Warriors, Family and Friends who suffer the silent illnesses such as Cancer, Depression, Anxiety, Arthritis of all types, Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy, etc. I offer health Tips and advice . It is a personal Blog placing awareness through personal experiences. It is a page where Sufferers of Silent Illness and their family and friends can come to vent, seek advice from others. I personally have beaten cancer but suffer with Fibromyalgia, Rhumatory Arthritis and Depression. I am a mum of 6, and 40 yrs old . We are not alone and this page is here for you.

Featured Advocate: Dave from Dave Matthew Boddy 1/22

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delboddyDave: I have become a Concussion Awareness Advocate with the intent to not only help society be more aware of, but to also educate society on the topic of concussions. Due to me living my life with concussions since I was 4 years old, I’ve lived with many symptoms due to concussions, such as: depression, suicide, emotional instability, delusions, mechanical headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and permanent memory and visual issues.

Due to my life I understand how many suffer daily with no support, or even understanding their concussion symptoms. More often than not concussions are misdiagnosed or neglected. For years I had my symptoms ignored by doctors, that was until 2011 when I suffered my 15th concussion. I was then sent to rehab for it, it was only then they were taken seriously. Individuals suffering from concussions at times are left in the dark and unsupported, I started my pages  with the intent to be that support for those who need it.

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Dave Boddy is one of Calgary’s most requested youth public speakers, and is often requested for appearances at schools, recreational events, and more. Dave is also recognized as an established life coach. After defeating over 16 years of depression, bullying, and suicide Dave assists youths and their families on handling incidents of above mentioned issues. Dave has been conducting this service for well over 3 years now. Dave is not a certified professional, thus his advice is merely from experience, and with the sole intent to help inspire and strengthen.

During Dave’s intense eight year career in security and bodyguards services, he dealt with gangs, narcotics, assaults, fights, arrests, medical emergencies, and was tested for HIV and HEP C twice. During his career he witnessed serious issues such as deaths, stabbings, and other very serious incidents. Due to this career Dave has knowledge on verbal judo, defense, First Aid/CPR/AED, and handling stress. During his career working as a bodyguard he worked with celebrities such as: Cher, the Rolling Stones, WWE, Ryan Hurst (Opie from Sons of Anarchy), Glass Tiger, Econoline Crush, Blind Melon, and many more.

Dave produced two seasons for a youth empowerment show on SHAW TV, “the Sunday Omony Show”. In this role Dave assisted with locating the guests, mentoring the guests on set, assisting with prop and set designs, and more. The last season was LIVE on SHAW TV.

Dave started Boddyguards United (BU) in 2011 with the sole intent being to inspire and assists youths through depression, bullying, and suicide. Since the beginning of Boddyguards, Dave has appeared on radio, TV, internet radio, and is frequently requested by families to assist other families, and their youths. BU has gained worldwide recognition as Dave has put together an amazing team around the world, BU has support in countries such as: Canada, USA, Mexico, Greece, Egypt, Malaysia, Russia, Ireland, India, and so much more.

Due to suffering 15 serious concussions, Dave also suffers from permanent brain damage; as a result he has suffered with post-concussion syndrome for over 15 years. Dave has a passion to also speak of his history with concussions to schools, and sports centers.

Dave due to surviving over 16 years of depression and suicide has been able to use his struggles to help others find their successes. Dave was suicidal in grade 9, 2006, and 2011, he contributes his survival to inner strength and determination. Dave has also dealt with the loss of seven close friends, suicide, murder, heart attacks, accident in a WWE ring, and flesh eating disease. When Dave lost all of his friends within a 10 year span it allowed him to fall into further depression.

In March of 2011 Dave suffered his fifteenth concussion while working as a security officer, with this concussion Dave lost his professional wrestling and policing career. He was in brain injury rehab for over seven months; he also suffered severe weight gain, and hit the scale at 350lbs. This allowed Dave to fall into depression and suicidal thoughts. He was unable to work out, clean, cook, hold his son, or conduct any activity that exerted any energy. It was determined that Dave will have permanent brain damage that affects his vision, and cognitive ability.

Dave had to literally start fresh with walking, lifting weights, and learning how to cope with the side effects. Side effects, such as dizziness, memory loss, fatigue, affected emotions, and more. Dave asked to be discharged early from rehab due to stress financially, he was discharged two months early, and he immediately began a strict diet and workout regimen. He was able to drop from 350lbs to 260lbs within 9 months; he then gained the courage to share his life story on social media. His material went viral and was published online; he soon enough was speaking to schools, and appearing on internet radio.

He then started to implement and create Boddyguards United as a means to help local youths in his community, and since then has appeared on TV, radio, and internet radio. Dave has been working hard on building a legacy where he is known to help people through their struggles. He takes much pride in knowing he uses his negativity to help create positivity for others.

As of today Dave is recognized as a human rights and concussion awareness advocate, leads Boddyguards United into becoming Canada’s number one empowerment agency, releasing a chapter in a international released book, writing a biography, producing a SHAW TV empowerment series driven towards youth empowerment, joined forces with Free2LUV as an advocate for bullying, joined forces with a North American recognized psychiatrist to assist athletes, actors, and more with depression and suicide due to concussions, and appearing on TV shows due to his acting. Twitter: @daveboddy86

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Other Pages: Boddyguards United and Take Control – Concussion and Mental Health Support Group

Featured Advocate: Mama Spirit from Strength & Spirit 1/13

del3Mama Spirit I advocate on behalf of people who are struggling with depression and anxiety and  who have suffered from abuse and trauma. A also advocate for people, who like me, have survived having strokes or other brain injuries and are dealing with their effects from an emotional and mental standpoint.

I don’t want people to hide, as I did for a while, rather  than to face the judgments, stigmas, stares, rudeness, comments, misunderstandings, and misgivings of people. Oftentimes they don’t know any better because things are based on their own fears and learned behaviors. I advocate because we all deserve the chance to live as happily as we can in our own skins without being ashamed by the society in which we live!

del4Strength & Spirit (Facebook Page) 

A supportive platform for any and everyone who may be facing difficulties in their lives, from medically related issues to whatever else may be going on.

This page is called Strength & Spirit because it will always offer bits of encouragement and/or inspiration to those who find themselves in need. I want to provide a compassionate community of support for anyone facing difficulties or hardships in their lives and on their journeys, especially those that are medical in nature. I do this to help myself as well, as I have only recently begun my own recovery journey back from having three strokes in two months. I say this often and with love… Maintain Your Strength & Your Spirit! Enjoy! Website

Featured Advocate: Danny from In the Light 10/23

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del80Danny: I am an advocate because I have lived with depression for over 30 years and have recently chosen to come out in the open about it. I am committed to living “in the light” with my illness and doing whatever I can to fight the stigma and let people know they are not alone.

In the Light

I blog about my experience with depression and anxiety. I write to share my truth and my hope that others won’t suffer in painful isolation as I once did.

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