Trio works to break the silence, end the stigma and bring awareness to mental illness in halifax _ the chronicle herald

People in her life, as well as Cassaundra, have for a long time suffered from depression, and by age 19 she felt driven to break the cycle. Yoga forum australia That, in large part, is how Break the Silence, End the Stigma was founded.

“You see T-shirts that say ‘I beat cancer’ but you never see one that says ‘I beat depression,’ and that’s how this campaign began,” she said.

Henske, a student at Wolfville’s Acadia University at the time, had thought a move from Montreal to the Maritimes would allow her to leave her issues with depression behind.

“Although I haven’t always needed medication, I need to do things to keep up with my symptoms, and things like a good diet and different types of meditation and mindfulness work for me,” she said.

But despite her efforts, her issues with mental illness continued. Yoga for surfers manly Her father went through a depressive phase when she was young, and her own battle led to a suicide attempt at just 13 years of age.

“I grew up in a rough home environment, and my issues and the stigma with mental illness only followed me when I moved. Yoga for your eyes I thought I could pretend my issues didn’t exist, but that didn’t work.”

“It just struck me, and I realized we were both struggling in silence. Be yoga milano porta romana We weren’t the only ones, either,” she said. Yoga international magazine promo code “I realized we had to start talking about this. Free yoga videos intermediate I had been affected by it enough and I felt a responsibility to make a change.”

Break the Silence, End the Stigma was founded in 2013, and Henske now does the campaign with childhood friend Stephanie Morton and Acadia student Amy Prescott.

“We started this as a one-day thing to make a statement, and we wanted to connect people with resources and get people talking. Yoga journal videos youtube We sat with social workers and people at the counselling centre,” she said.

“It’s inclusive, but it allows people to share as much or as little as they want. Yoga during pregnancy first trimester video We all live with mental illness somehow, whether it’s personally, or because we work in the field, or because someone we love struggles. Yoga poses and names We should all be able to stand together.”

The campaign made it to high schools and universities across the province. Yoga freedom Though Henske took a step back for six months recently to get settled in Halifax where she attends Dalhousie University, she’s excited to bring BSES to metro in a more permanent fashion.

“I want to extend this campaign to communities, and not just universities. Yoga for concentration and memory video I want a permanent team here, and I want to build better support and awareness here,” she said.

“There are a lot of people working very hard, but we need more. Yoga journal conference san diego The supply isn’t meeting the huge demand here. Yoga poses for abs and thighs with pictures I want to connect people and fight for change here,” she said.

The campaign has tried to bring a humanity to mental illness, with a picture and video campaign where people share personal and individual stories.

“Your teacher, your lawyer . . . Pregnancy yoga poses second trimester Anyone in your life can be affected by mental illness and lead a functional life. Yoga postures yoga pictures By sharing, we can shed light on what it’s like to live with it,” she said.

“We need to keep talking about mental illness because the stigma is still very much alive. Yoga moves for beginners I feel it every time I move to a new place or put myself in a new environment. Yoga poses intermediate I often take a few steps backward and am afraid to talk about it, because once you put it out there you can’t take it back.”

She’s now in a new city and finding her own supports, and wants to make sure she can do the same for people with mental illnesses in Halifax.

“You’re opening up a very vulnerable side of yourself. Yoga chair pose variations I talk about mental illness because I understand first-hand the power of peer support. Maha yoga center bridgewater It saves lives. Yoga teacher salary We all need support systems and people to lean on sometimes.”

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