Let me share a bit about who I am and what I love. My entire life has been about making myself and others around me feel happy and accepted. I found a passion for dance at a very young age, then came soccer, then basketball, then curling. My family has always been very athletic, and my little brother and I have been raised that way. It wasn’t until I was in highschool that I discovered my love for the arts. Self expression is important, especially for your mental health. I went through schooling and became a fully certified Makeup Artist when I was 16, with a love and flair for special effects; and proceeded to take the Youth Train in Trades program at my highschool to become a hairstylist!
I spend much of my free time with my dog, a chocolate lab named Dakota, or writing.
My platform is Child and Youth Mental Health, which is something near and dear to me. At the age of 13 I was diagnosed with depression. I had struggled with the thoughts for a while at that point, but even though mental health was something talked about in my family, I felt ashamed. I didn’t want to tell anyone because I was terrified that I really was alone. It wasn’t until I finally went to my mom and she took me to the hospital that I realized, I’m not alone. So many kids and teens are diagnosed with some kind of mental health disorder every year, and even more continue to suffer in silence. We need to educate youth on mental health and where they can receive support. When I was assaulted at 14, I knew where to go for help. Ptsd was a whole new battle and lucky for my I had a support system helping me. Not everyone is that lucky. Canada has the 3rd highest suicide rate in the world. Many of those could have been prevented if we as a country and community made mental health education and resources more widely available.
You are strong. You are kind. You are beautiful.