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.
"Find a way to share your story and what you’re going through."
About Nelson Vo:
I am a recent graduate of the Edwards School of Business in Saskatchewan. Prior to graduation I was selected as the Valedictorian for the graduating class as well as the recipient of the Barber and Maher awards for contributing to college life with an emphasis on social activities and involvement in the community. I now work as a Partner Success Manager for Vendasta, a top 50 technology company in Canada that provides a marketing platform and digital solutions to marketing agencies and media companies all over the world.
A major turning point for me was no matter how much success I obtained or what was happening in my life, nothing made me feel good. I noticed that my actions and behaviour, brought on by my negligence to treat my depression, were severely harming my friendships and relationships that I currently had and would have in the future.
Letting others in
Sharing your story
Eliminating barriers to success
All great things take time
Recharge your battery
My biggest advice for other guys is that your mental illness is a strength and not a weakness if you choose to take it head on. By admitting that I suffered from depression and letting others help me on this journey, I have become more self-aware, sensitive, and compassionate not only to how I’m feeling but how others are as well.
Another piece of advice I want to give other guys is that it all takes time. You often hear that mental illness controls and dictates what happens in your life. I have a phrase that I tell myself which is “I don’t live with depression, depression lives with me”. For me, this means that of course it will always be present but I have acquired the skills and abilities to know how to control my mental illness and live an amazing life no matter what comes my way.
– Nelson Vo, Partner Success Manager for Vendasta based out of Saskatchewan, Canada. Learn more about Nelson’s story.
Help us better understand men's attitudes and experiences related to mental health concerns.
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Complete optional follow-up surveys at 3- and 6-month intervals, and be entered into draws for $350 and $500 CAD, respectfully.