RealTalk is a series on my blog that showcases the mental health stories of many bad-ass women. Some of these individuals are friends, family, co-workers, or fellow bloggers that I have met a long the way. Each individual shares their story anonymously, in the hopes that it can empower and uplift you. You are NEVER alone. Seek help and support if you need it, there are a lot of people in this world that want YOU in it.

Toggle over the RealTalk menu arrow to read some of these stories.

Also, I encourage you all to check in with loved ones, those peers you have not heard from in a while, or that neighbor you hardly see come out of their house. Someone could have the most bubbly personality and always wear a smile on their face, but be going through the most unimaginable battle. Would you leave a broken arm untreated? Obviously not. Mental health should be handled no different. Please be kind to one another.

If you are currently struggling with a mental health disorder and do not know how to get help, there are many resources available. Take a look at the crisis lines below and do not hesitate to get the help you deserve.

Telehealth Ontario

Durham Mental Health Services/Mobile Services
Short term crisis beds, visits and 24 hour free and confidential support line for individuals 16+ with a history of mental illness.
905.666.0483 or 1.800.742.1890

Distress Centre Durham
24 hour telephone counselling, crisis and suicide intervention and referral.
905.430.2522 or 1.800.452.0688

Durham Region Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Care Centre (Lakeridge Health)
24 hour crisis line. Counselling and referrals for male/female sexual assault victims, all ages.

Durham Rape Crisis Centre
24 hour counselling and support groups for recent or past abuse.