Throughout October 2016, we will be fundraising to Keep HeadsUpGuys Going and sharing stories of recovery and practical tips from men who have fought and overcome depression.
Knowing I wasn’t alone was my first active step towards ‘progress’.
I was born and raised in Vancouver and currently work as a professional digital animator where I help create cartoon shows. On the side I write poetry to wrap my head around topics that might have contributed to my depression.
While I was at University I was in charge of a project that oversaw how patients at Vancouver Children’s Hospital were transitioning into adult care – but I felt like too much of a hypocrite to not be taking care of myself when I was supposed to be helping others. From there I had intimate conversations with people I trusted who, surprisingly, told me about their own experiences with depression as well. Knowing I wasn’t alone was my first active step towards ‘progress’.
Talking to others
Moving beyond the past
I’ve had to let go of what I used to see as traditionally ‘manly’, like avoiding being vulnerable around others or trying to act like nothing ever hurts. It is part of a societal construct I’ve so far found to be a huge contributor to my depression and nothing but joy has come of letting go of these types of behaviours. There’s a lot to be said about how men and women are traditionally seen in society, and there’s a plethora of dialogue and studies out there trying to take on these perceptions for the sake of our wellbeing. If it matches your interests, I’d recommend seeking these things out.