I Am Brave

Quite often courage  is related to some major act of bravery.  I find the quiet displays of courage some of the most profound and incredible acts of bravery there is.  I Am Brave is exactly that, recognizing and shining light on brave people stepping through depression and anxiety, one baby step at a time.

“Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.”
~ Mary Ann Radmacher ~

The I Am Brave shield is a symbol of courage, resilience, self-love, acceptance and vulnerability.   Just to name a few of the characteristics it takes to step through depression and anxiety.

What makes you brave?

Maybe today, it’s getting up and taking a shower.

Or it could be, reaching out and asking for help.

You could be someone, watching somewhat helplessly as a loved one struggles with depression and anxiety.  You choose to show them your unconditional love, acceptance and support.

No matter what stage of the journey you are on, it’s important to recognize each brave step – large or small.

The Heart of the Matter

  • Over 6 million Canadians will have a diagnosable mental illness over a lifetime – that is 1 in 5
  • Over 1.2 million children will have a diagnosable mental illness
  • Globally, 121 million people are affected by depression
  • On average, one Albertan dies by suicide every day
  • On average, 10 Canadians die by suicide every day
  • In Canada, suicide is the second cause of death in youth aged 15 – 24 years old

The International Association for Suicide Prevention states there are over one million suicides worldwide every year, equaling one death by suicide every 40 seconds.  In Canada, suicide is the ninth leading cause of death.

Within all these statistics is HOPE.  As a society we MUST work towards reducing the stigma, and let people with mental illness know

You are not alone.  You are Loved.

I hope you will find inspiration from the brave stories of individuals who are choosing to step through their mental illness with courage, honesty and support. Click HERE for stories and inspiration to choose life.

If you are in crisis please reach out for help – view many resources and tools HERE

 

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