mental health

Jacob Gardner

Jacob Gardner

It was only one year ago that 19-year old Jacob Gardner kept himself locked in his room for fear something bad would happen. A diagnosis of obsessive compulsive disorder helped him gain back control of his life. Here is his story of bravery and strength.

Emma Elliott

Emma Elliott

Last September, 19-year-old Emma Elliott was just starting university when she began to spiral out of control. Her anxiety and substance abuse took hold of her life and resulted in her being hospitalized. Here is her courageous story.

Lauren Whiteway

Lauren Whiteway

In 2012 when Lauren began high school in her hometown of Moncton, NB, she started to experience symptoms of Selective Mutism (SM), an anxiety disorder that left her unable to speak in specific situations. Soon, Lauren’s SM progressed to the point where she could only speak at home. 

Alexis Fletcher

Alexis Fletcher

Alexis was a kind, sensitive and free-spirited teenager who cared deeply about those around her. She was a talented dancer, enjoyed drawing and was loved by her family and friends.

Travis Kennedy

Travis Kennedy

Nineteen-year-old Travis knows the devastating impact of mental illness. Intense feelings of anxiety and hopelessness prevented him from attending school and functioning in other social settings.

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