On Learning to Rest and Not to Quit - Alyson's Story

Alyson Hoy is a writer and scholar from Vancouver, BC. She shared her mental health story with Outrun the Stigma because she believes that "sharing our stories is a means by which to overcome the shame associated with having mental illness, as well as to build community by connecting and bearing witness to the struggles of others".

Read her story on her struggles with suicidal ideation, an eating disorder, and how she is building resiliency.

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End The Stigma: Siobhan's Story

'Successful UCalgary Staff member, loving daughter and wife, diagnosed with Bipolar 2 Disorder'.

UCalgary Alumni staff member Siobhan Doherty shares her story on her experiences with Bipolar 2, Depression and Anxiety and mental health stigma. Hear about her struggle with Bipolar 2, her healing journey, and how she is working to break the stigma around mental illness. 

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A Parent's Perspective - Cyberbullying: The Hidden Danger of Social Media

Cyberbullying can have huge impacts on the mental health and well-being of children of all ages. Many parents struggle to understand how to help their children and protect them against cyberbullying.

Hear from guest blogger Janice Miller on tips to help families prevent cyberbullying and create positive environments to talk about it!

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Living our Values: A Discussion on Intersectionality

At Outrun the Stigma, one of the core values we operate on is respecting diversity and inclusivity in our efforts to reduce mental health stigma for all Canadians. In an ongoing effort to better understand the complex issues around mental health, our team is engaging in monthly discussions related to activism, advocacy, and social justice. This month, to mark Pride month, we focused our discussion on Intersectionality. Read more on our team's discussion and key takeaways!

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Canada Day 150: Celebrate without Sacrificing your Mental Health

Canada Day 150 is a wonderful opportunity to initiate conversations on the impact of Canada’s past and present on Canadians’ mental health. As you celebrate, engage in activism and resistance, or observe all the amazing things happening on Canada Day, we encourage you to remember to take care of your own mental health and the mental health of those around you. Here are five tips to help you care for your own well-being today!

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Soothing Agony - Spoken Word

A stunning piece of poetry from Jovey Sharma, a Masters student in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. He writes:

"I originally wrote this poem in 2011 and it was titled 'Alone in the Snow.' I made slight modifications to the poem and retitled it 'Soothing Agony' while trying to maintain the emotion that I had put in while originally writing it."

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