You may have heard the expression “When you replace ‘I’ with ‘we’, even ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness’.” With time and the right supports, I did learn how to live with my anxiety, to manage my depression, and to feel confident and optimistic about my future.
A huge part of that was connecting with CMHA Calgary a few years ago. The first thing I found was connection, people who genuinely understood what I was going through. Eventually, I was able to take my experience and through a specialized training program became a Peer Support Worker where I now support other youth in finding connection and hope.
One of the pieces of the work I am most excited about, in the work I do at CMHA, is Discovery College; a youth adaptation of Recovery College. Discovery College has been built, imagined and lead by young people; myself and others like me!