Colony of Losers- Fuck Stigma and Mental Illness, I'm like 25

Surviving your Quarter Life Crisis and becoming an adult

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Coming Out of The Crazy Closet#2: Not another bullshit awareness campaign

My name is Michael Gray Kimber and I suffer from intense anxiety. I’ve decided to talk about it and recently I’ve been trying to get others to do the same. I’ve been incredibly honored by the dozens of emails and Facebook private messages I’ve received from so many of you in the last week. As [...]

Cup Half Full of Piss: The Job Hunt

One would assume that a university degree would allow me to get some variety of job that isn’t advertised on Craiglist, Monster, Workinculture.ca or Kijii. This may be true. But as I lack the political connections to get the jobs I’m qualified for, I’m left to search through the shit piles of the job market. [...]

The Return of Michael George Kimber

Michael George Kimber has returned. All quiver and quake at his return. At the end of October I managed the very strange feat of locating my 75 year old self. Which happens to be the aforementioned mighty Michael George Kimber. My older alter ego happens to live in Britain, write books online and have a [...]

Coming Out Crazy: The silence that kill us

On June 30th, 2010, I told the world about my struggles with mental illness. For those of you late to the game, my name is Michael Gray Kimber and I suffer from intense anxiety. My claim to this glorious tradition is genetic, fuelled by years where I smoked pounds of marijuana, ate poorly combined with [...]

The Job Hunt: Love Letters to Strangers

There is something extremely lonely and desperate about unemployment. You spend your days writing love letters to strangers, pretty sure that they probably won’t even open them. Trying to seduce people you don’t even want. Somehow masturbation gets mixed in with poetry and you sell yourself short in the desire to have someone buy your [...]

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    Michael Kimber is a 26-year-old journalist who suffered a nervous breakdown on November 3rd, 2009. On March 28th, 2010 when he recovered from mental illness, he began writing a blog called Colony-of-losers. About falling on your face to figure out who you are and the hilarious antics of a blond jew. What began with a few friends and his mother reading has become a cult phenomenon, averaging 10,000 views a week, receiving praise from Commonwealth Award Winner Shandi Mitchell and many others. On, November 3rd, 2010, the one year anniversary of his mental breakdown he signed with Anne McDermid and Associates, the largest literary agency in Canada. In a year he went from wearing pajamas, making his couch depression HQ to leaving his hometown for the Toronto, where he exclusively wears business suits and the armor of ancient Greeks. Don't worry, he's still choking on the feet he contently sticks in his mouth and making moments awkward just by being part of them. During these struggles he met other talented bastards and drew them into his circle. Peter Diamond became his illustrator. Patrick Campbell his video editor and part time photographer. He recently added the incredibly talented John Packman as Colony of Losers Toronto photographer. Without the support of the Colony of Losers, Michael Kimber would be nothing. Welcome to the losers and the success that comes from utter and complete failure. You aren’t alone. Follow him on twitter.com/colonyoflosersand twitter.com/quimbo. If you’d like to hire him for a public speaking engagement for mental health events in Toronto, like to arrange an interview, offer millions to publish his book or for another reason contact Michael please email him. And join his facebook Colony of Losers.

    Really obvious disclaimer:
    I’m not a trained psychologist. Just a fellow traveler. If you need help seek it from the professionals. The Canadian Mental Health Association provides a help locator. You can find crisis resources provided by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. If you are in the states check here. It will give you services by zip code. I’d also recommend checking out Mindyourmind.ca. I think they do great work and have been a help to me personally.

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