Hold Head High’s First Year!

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Today HHH is one year old! It’s amazing how many things have happened in the last year – the good along with the bad. 

When I first started this project, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what this project would entail. I quickly realized how wrong I was. I realized how difficult it is to do this project alone. I realized how much I still need to educate myself. I realized how many people are battling a mental illness around me. I realized that maybe I wouldn’t be mentally strong enough to keep this up for a full year. 

But then my HHH team members started joining the project and our community started to grow. As of today we have 300+ on Instagram, 170+ on Twitter, 180+ on Facebook, over 1500 views on YouTube and plenty more verbal supporters! They are all the reason HHH is still running. YOU are the reason. All working towards the same goal to move mental health from out of the shadows.

On a more personal note, this past year I learned how powerful words can be. Being able to talk so freely about my depression and HHH has given me the opportunity to be accepting with myself. While I will always be working towards taking better care of myself, I believe this is the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. Furthermore, I’ve realized how many people around me felt comfortable sharing, opening up and reaching out about their own mental health!

Here are some things the HHH team has to say about this past year:

“HHH has helped me a great deal this year. Thanks to HHH, I was given my first opportunity to publicly announce the struggle I’ve been undergoing the past 8 years. It has also given me the confidence speak about it publicly and not only help others assist me in dealing with it, but it might also give other people listening the confidence to come forward and ask for help. Asking for help isn’t always easy, but with a great support team like HHH it makes each step that much easier to take!”

“Before getting involved with HHH, I thought I understood mental health issues pretty well. I have witnessed the ones I love suffer, but I never went through it like they did. However, it opened up my eyes and made me understand myself and my needs better. That I too, suffer from it. And it’s okay. Because I know that when/if I’m ready to talk about it, I’ll have the support. “

“As a student studying to become a psychotherapist, HHH has given me first-hand exposure to people with mental health issues. Additionally, I have been given the opportunity to experience the social media aspect of mental health and how it can hurt, yet also support individuals – through inspiration, personal disclosures, and support as a community. I have learned of many resources and initiatives in Canada and the USA that will help me in future practice with linking clients to appropriate resources to meet their needs. It has been a great experience working with the HHH team and I look forward to many more years of breaking the stigma of mental health and addictions!”

So happy anniversary HHH! Looking forward to another great year with many more projects!

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