Stay Home Diaries: Everything is different in 2020
Jayanti, a first year university student, shares her experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay At Home Diaries - Defying Mental Health
Mental Health is a big thing for so many people, but I think the most important thing - especially in such a time like this - is trying to work on being kinder to ourselves.
Stay Home Diaries - The new "normal" routine
This as a reminder to everyone to check on your families but your friends as well. We are all affected by COVID-19 differently, but just as it affects someone’s physical health it may also be affecting someone's mental health.
Stay Home Diaries - Missing Out on Milestones
"I told myself, no matter how I graduate, I would do it with a smile on my face for all the youth around the world who did not get the chance to experience their final year of high school... When my friends begin sulking, I gently remind them that we are lucky, regardless of how they feel." - Augustin, on a new normal without final exams, Grad Ball or convocation.
Self-Care is Canadian
My community taught me what it meant to care for others, but did it teach me to care for myself?
History or Our Story?
The problem, however, is not that history can bore seventh-grade students. It’s that history, as a record of the past, needs to have different perspectives. There is no one truth; we can only approach it if we collect enough stories from various perspectives.
Insecurity: Finding Myself
Insecurity is a sensation that most of us feel. It may be a feeling that is minimal in your everyday thoughts or it may be something that consumes your life. You cannot let your insecurities get the best of you. I made my insecurities my recognizable and best features. I empowered myself and took charge of my life.
Experiencing Bullying Gave Me Strength
There have been several instances in my life where I have experienced some form of bullying. However, I have mostly experienced exclusive bullying from friend groups throughout my life.
Closer To Home
It's easy to think that homelessness isn't a problem in Canada, a "first-world" country. However, it's much closer to home than we think. It's our responsibility to be aware of that and help break down the stigma that surrounds homelessness to increase access to resources for the less fortunate.
Just Snap out of it - Aisha's story
There is such stigma around mental health, so much that some parents even say “I’d rather have my kids going through leukemia than going through clinical depression.” Acknowledging firstly that mental health exists, as well as knowing it is as important as our physical health, if not more, is the first step towards raising awareness against such stigma.