I believe in you.

As a psychology professor (and former school psychologist), I talk about mental health issues with students every single day.

My classroom is a safe place for students to be themselves.

Which is critical when working with youth (18-24) who represent the highest proportion of individuals with mental illness.

Education helps bridge the gap between fear and freedom.

And so does an open heart. And an open mind.

I believe in my students. In their potential. In their dreams.

I believe in their ability to overcome challenge, adversity, and self-stigma.


Students need my support and encouragement.

And an educational community that truly cares.

Because self-stigma is real. 

And often more silencing than social stigma.

Because sharing our story is one of the scariest and most liberating things we’ll ever do.

Be it about mental illness or another vulnerable part of our lives.

Which is why the best place to open up the conversation about mental illness is to meet students where they are.

These are their words.


 Ontario student mental health helpline ⇒ Visit Good2Talk.ca

9 thoughts on “I believe in you.

  1. Mental illness is so frowned upon, especially amongst males. The dominant macho culture has caused men to jump to their death. It is sad that we need to hide festering emotions and let them just get more and more negative.
    It’s high time there was education and empowerment and a freedom from being stigmatized.
    Thanks for your article

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Incredible power in your words. I agree 100%!

      Male mental health issues need to be acknowledged equally and at the same time, differently. Equal access to mental health treatment is essential. Yet a vastly different approach to screening, assessment, and therapy is needed for males vs. females.

      I talk about this exact topic of males & emotions often in class. This is where I encourage male students to shed light on how differently they express (or don’t express) emotions. And why. I also refer to how different our brains are. And how it impacts differing symptoms and needs.

      Thank you for sharing & for shedding light on a much needed topic. You rock Grandmaster T!💫


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