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Wendy's story

submitted by Lyn Firth, forever loving mother of Wendy Kitt

My 35 year old daughter Wendy struggled on and off with mental health and addiction issues from her vulnerable late teens when she was introduced to heroin at the hands of her first love. She was a sensitive, loving, ambitious, strong willed and feisty spirit who realized the path she was on was not for her so she did manage to leave heroin behind ... temporarily.

Wendy struggled with unresolved family issues and a hereditary pre-disposition to addiction. Intervention and support in the turbulent teens would have been the best time to help her… but who makes this call? She sought counselling, but it was not enough. She was open about using marijuana to manage and find relief from her anxiety, but kept secret from her family that she was continuing to go back to opioids when life became too challenging.

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Wendy's story
Wendy's story

RCY publishes "Missing Pieces: Joshua's Story"

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RCY publishes "Missing Pieces: Joshua's Story"
RCY publishes "Missing Pieces: Joshua's Story"

Glad you are here today

submitted by an anonymous author, Vancouver BC

There have been many years where I have not fully expressed what I have been through in my life – to many they only see the uplifting, positive, laughing at his own jokes first, smiley guy that doesn’t seem to have any worries. Part of me felt ashamed for having self –harming/ suicidal thoughts 10 years ago…this is no longer the case.

Writing this was sparked by a transformational multi-day personal development event I attended earlier this year. I went with a positive open mind but wasn’t totally sure what I was going to learn – sure, eat better, work out more, work less…but what else? As it turns out – I learned a tonne more!

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glad you are here today
Glad you are here today

Never a Productive Member of Society

submitted by Erin Emiru, Vancouver BC

Imagine you are in a swimming pool - the deep end - and you don't know how to swim. You flail and kick and all your resources are desperate for a gasp of air. You are drowning. But imagine, then, that there is a table placed in the water, one you can climb onto and get your head above the waters. Your life is no longer be focused on bare survival - you can now breathe, and talk, and even sing... you can ask for help, express your needs, and find more to your life than not knowing if you can rise above the deadly depths.

For me, that table is medication. Without it, I drown in my schizophrenia.

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Never a Productive Member of Society
Never a Productive Member of Society

Human rights are not a zero sum game

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Human rights are not a zero sum game
Human rights are not a zero sum game

Let’s Get There Before Stage 4

submitted by MJ, Vancouver BC

I noticed the beginning of my struggles with mental health as having immense worry and anxiety that bad things were going to happen. The anxiety grew into an increasing fear of contamination that triggered obsessive hand washing and avoidance of places and touching things. Growing up in a family with parents that struggled immensely with their ability to parent, I found myself living my younger years in the wake of adversity. At the time in which I began overeating to find comfort when loneliness and misery would surface, I was not aware that this was a problem. Retrospectively, I see this as the beginning of my eating disorder. I began to be suicidal around the age of thirteen when things in my home had escalated and when my lack of safety became pertinent to me. I left home at the mere age of fifteen seeking a place of security, to later be placed in foster care residing in a group home.

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Let’s Get There Before Stage 4
Let’s Get There Before Stage 4

Nurse-Family Partnerships

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Nurse-Family Partnerships
Nurse-Family Partnerships

National Anti-Poverty Plan

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National Anti-Poverty Plan
National Anti-Poverty Plan

Child and youth mental health in Canada

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Child and youth mental health in Canada
Child and youth mental health in Canada

13 Canadians hospitalized each day for opioid poisoning

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13 Canadians hospitalized each day for opioid poisoning
13 Canadians hospitalized each day for opioid poisoning

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