You Know Who I Am

28 Apr

Reblog – This post sums up the importance of Friends With Benefits. 1 in 5 of us will be affected by a mental health issues in our life time. Friends With Benefits is all about sharing the fact that there are many who are living and thriving with a mental illness and eliminating the stigma attached to mental health issues.

This year we want to raise $20,000 in a single evening for mental health research at The Royal. Help us find living saving treatment for those living with mental illness. Help us find ways to help people recover more quickly. Help us elminate the stigma surrounding suicide. You know who I am… are you with me?

Friends... With benefits

You know who I am.

I’m the girl you see in the cafeteria over lunch or gasping for air as I finish the last five minutes on the treadmill at the gym. I’m your friend.  I’m your colleague.  I’m your neighbor. I’m just your average 30 something trying to balance work and life.

I’m also someone who suffers from a mental illness.

To look at me you might not guess I had been a client at the Royal.  I’m pretty together now, more so than the struggling 20 year old who was crying all the time and couldn’t make a simple decision.  I guess I’m a different me now, but I wouldn’t be this me without the support of The Royal.

When I was 20 years old in my second year of University in Toronto my nearly perfect life began to unravel.  I cried all the time.  No amount of…

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