About this product
Sharing a personal experience that takes a toll on your mental health is never easy but today I want to open up and get vulnerable with you in hopes that my story will help others who are suffering.
In my previous life, working in the finance industry, I found myself being bullied at work. The bullying affected my belief in myself and my abilities. My self-worth was diminished and I was left feeling alone and filled with self-doubt. My mental health suffered, I needed help. I received very effective counseling from the kind people at CAMH. At the time they kept asking me a surprising question, over and over again. “Dawn, any feelings or thoughts of suicide?” My response was always, “Of course not.” This question got me curious about how often we lose people to suicide.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s a day do be aware of how suicide effects people of different ages, genders and sexual orientation. The group we lose most to suicide is men. Middle aged men (40-60) die by suicide more than anyone else. Males account for over 75% of all suicides in Canada. That means four in every five suicides are male. The numbers are alarming, it is imperative that we support men to seek help and not feel alone in their struggles.
I work in a male dominated industry. Men suffer greatly from the pressures of this industry. All kinds of issues can and do arise, such as – mental abuse issues, substance abuse and other unhealthy coping mechanisms.
I feel very fortunate because the company I work with, Pineapple Mortgage, takes mental health very seriously and I see first-hand the positive effects of men working in an environment where they are supported and not shamed for their personal challenges.
CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and I want to support them to help end the stigma that depression amongst men is a sign of weakness. We need more support and counselors for men and I’m excited to work with you to raise money to help.
Together with Monica Graves of @glamjulz we have developed two handmade gemstone and glass bracelet designs that you can purchase. All the proceeds from the sales will be collected and donated to CAMH in support of men’s mental health.
These "It's OK not to be OK" Bracelets are $35 each or you can purchase both for $60, plus $5 for shipping. . . . . .
Thank you for your support, together we can save our men from suicide.
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