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WE ARE A SOCIAL IMPACT NOT-FOR-PROFIT DRIVEN ENTERPRISE

WE SHARE COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION STORIES ABOUT THE STRUGGLES PEOPLE HAVE WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH

WE ARE A SOCIAL IMPACT NOT-FOR-PROFIT DRIVEN ENTERPRISE

WE SHARE

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION STORIES ABOUT THE STRUGGLES PEOPLE HAVE WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH

HOW MANY OF US STRUGGLE WITH OUR MENTAL HEALTH?
 

1 IN 4 OF US

9 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS SAY THEY FACE...

STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION AS A RESULT

STIGMA

IS THE DEEP AND DEBILITATING PERSONAL AND PUBLIC SHAME THAT CREATES THE STRUGGLE WITH IN OURSELVES

THERE ARE  3 TYPES OF STIGMA THAT EFFECT MENTAL HEALTH


SELF  
PUBLIC 
INSTITUTIONAL

PUBLIC  & INSTITUTIONAL  STIGMA  PRODUCES

PREJUDICE &

DISCRIMINATION

SELF STIGMA PRODUCES
TOXIC SHAME
WHICH IS FEAR ON STEROIDS

 THE MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK ORGANIZATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM  DID A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY ON MENTAL HEALTH.

60%
OF THOSE SURVEYED SAID

STIGMAS AND DISCRIMINATION ARE MORE DAMAGING THAN THE SYMPTOMS OF THEIR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM.

35%
OF THOSE SURVEYED SAID

STIGMA HAD MADE THEM GIVE UP ON THEIR AMBITIONS, HOPES AND DREAMS FOR THEIR LIFE.

56%
OF THOSE SURVEYED SAID

THEY WOULD NOT HIRE SOMEONE WITH DEPRESSION EVEN IF THEY WERE THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE JOB.

54%
OF THOSE SURVEYED SAID

THEY ARE IMPACTED MOST BY STIGMA IN THEIR PLACE OF WORK.

DID  YOU KNOW?

75%  OF  SUICIDES INVOLVE  MEN 
WOMEN ATTEMPT SUICIDE 3 TO 4 TIMES MORE OFTEN THAN MEN

HEARING FROM OTHERS WHO HAVE OVERCOME GREAT ADVERSITY

BRINGS AWARENESS THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE

OUR MISSION

SHARE OUR  LIVED EXPERIENCE STORIES...
SO WE CHANGE THE CONVERSATION SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH

OUR EVENTS

The Dare To Be Vulnerable Project is a social impact not-for-profit-driven enterprise focused on breaking the silence, busting the stigma, removing the shame, and changing lives by sharing our mental health stories. We provide a safe place to share our stories through our events. By rising up and speaking out we give others who are struggling in silence permission to reach out and have a conversation with someone they trust. Everyone has a mental health and we believe everyone has a mental health story that has the power to change a life.

Dare To Be Vulnerable events focus on sharing our mental health stories. We host courageous conversations with local leaders on stage and allow for an "open mic" format with the attendees. We also provide resources and support for our attendees in the form of information and mental health practitioners on-site.

Want to experience a taste of what it is like to attend one of our events? Check out the event trailer below!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

June 11th, 2024 | October 22nd, 2024 | December 3rd, 2024

More details coming soon!

June 11th, 2024 | October 22nd, 2024 | December 3rd, 2024

More details coming soon!

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

MY  STORY
JODY BURTON

" I will be featured as one of the Dare To Be Vulnerable Courageous Conversation stories. My story will openly share my relationship with the issues that I grappled with in facing my mental health challenges.

It's time we breakthrough the silence. I've been there. I know what it's like to suffer in silence. It's time we change the conversation. Let's rise up and talk about our mental health."

Jody Burton Chief Executive Officer at Stoneworks Technologies Inc.

Visit the DTBV YouTube Channel to watch Jody's Courageous Conversation Story!

Visit the DTBV YouTube Channel to watch Jody's Courageous Conversation Story!

OUR PARTNERS 

Our partners are helping us create and produce Dare To Be Vulnerable Courageous Conversation stories.

Our partners are creating a greater awareness about the impact that stigma has on our 
community, our institutions, and ourselves.

Our partners are passionate about changing the conversation surrounding mental health. By busting the stigma we  save lives.

 

Our partners are encouraging others to rise up and share their story about their struggles with mental health so that others know they're not alone.

THE WE GO FIRST TEAM

SUSAN BLAIN

MY STORY: I have struggled with my mental health all my life, with depression as a teenager and suicidal ideation in my early twenties. In 2019, I suffered a trauma of betrayal on many levels and lost everything; my home, my savings, I was homeless, and suicidal. In 2020, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with depression, panic disorder, and later PTSD. Talking about my struggle has been a big part of my healing journey and why I founded the DTBV Project.

DON  LACHANCE

MY STORY: When I was 7 years old, I attempted to kill my Dad. I attacked him with a butcher knife while he and my mother were in a violent fight and in drunken stupor. Needless to say I was disarmed and pushed aside with ease.  That day I experienced a deep sense of loss of self worth. 
Loss of self worth resulted in a life long struggle with depression and an anxiety of not measuring up. Today, I'm a grief and loss specialist. I know the importance of speaking up.  It's vital to our well-being.

ROD OVERALL

MY STORY: I have had my share of mental anguish and depression. I was sexually abused by my father when I was a child. I put it out of my head. Moved on. Worked hard.  Became the owner of a successful advertising communication agency. Life was good. However when I turned 40, something weird happened, and it triggered these continuous flashbacks of my father's face that sent me into deep depression. And my only salvation was to talk about it. Talking is so very important. 

MIKE WATKINSON

MY STORY: I became aware of the pivotal role mental health plays in our lives from an early age.  I witnessed challenges with clinical depression, addiction, and the lasting impact of childhood trauma on both sides of my family.  When I was 24 years old, a close family member attempted suicide.  That event was the catalyst of a 20+ year interested in studying mental health, culminating in a mid-life career change to enter the mental health field.

VERONICA FARMER

MY STORY: At many times in my life, I have felt utterly helpless while watching loved ones suffer from mental illness. As a young girl and daughter, I watched my parent, my hero, suffer silently. Darkness prevailed in our house from an older generation’s stigma that labelled depression as a weakness. As a mother, I have spent years fighting the undertow of pain and defeat while my child, my sunshine, suffered. Having supported both loved ones along their healing journeys, I do know the first step to navigating care starts with a courageous conversation.

LISA MACLEOD

MY STORY: I am a six-term member of Ontario’s Provincial Parliament who has championed mental health awareness, suicide prevention and anti-bullying measures throughout my career.  I have experienced anxiety and depression but it wasn’t until May of 2022 when I realized something more was happening to me. I spent the 2022 provincial election in crisis, in therapy and a bit of time in a hospital bed.  I have since learned I am bipolar- or as Frank Sinatra called himself “an 18 Carat Manic Depressive”. This was not the journey I expected, nor even want, but it’s mine and I am doing my best every day to make it a journey I can be proud of.

RUDI ASSEER

MY STORY: Being an executive leader for a global company during a pandemic is no short order. Having to triage internal issues of suicide, depression, addictions, manslaughter, and brutal schedules with intense demands has its unique set of challenges. In addition, the recent tragic loss of my sister to mental health furthered my awareness. I am humbled to be a part of the Dare to be Vulnerable Project to bring greater awareness to Mental Health in the workplace and beyond. 

SOLEY SOUCIE

MY STORY: I witnessed and experienced mental health, unhealed trauma and addiction at early age. I learned how to over compensate and leaned heavily into my career. In 2018, I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD. In 2019 I lost my voice for 3 months and later found a tumour on my left vocal cord which came from suppression from not speaking out. After 3 surgeries, I'm grateful for my voice and the ability to share my story. Sharing our stories became critical to me after losing 3 friends to suicide during the pandemic. I believe we all have a story and sharing it is the bravest thing we will do in this life.

Interested in joining us by sharing your story, or  want to become a DTBV partner, or simply want more information...

OUR STORIES

The Dare To Be Vulnerable Project features stories from individuals in our community who openly share their personal struggle with their mental health.

Many of the people in our world, young and old, are suffering in silence because they feel alone, fearful and ashamed. They’re scared to speak up about their mental health. They're afraid if they speak out they are going to be misunderstood and judged unfairly.

 Study after study shows that one of the best ways to address the stigma and the shame that surrounds mental health is by sharing our lived experiences. Our stories. 

Check out our YouTube Channel for all of our Courageous Conversation Stories with Susan Blain!

Check out our YouTube Channel for all of our Courageous Conversation Stories with Susan Blain!

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