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

Surviving your Quarter Life Crisis and becoming an adult

Just Desserts: A dish for douchebags

You are probably wondering why the hell you should care that I’m eating a cupcake? Have I gone the way of millions of bloggers before me and begun to document every moment in my life in twitpics for the purpose of getting some sponsorship money? Nope* Welcome to my story of tasty cupcakes and just [...]


Apocalypse Affirmer: Ashford Titley explains how Judgement Day will help jobsearchers

As you may or may not have noticed I’ve opened up the Colony of Losers to guest posts. Two great authors from Newfoundland, Shannon Webb Campbell and Chad Pelley, posted some excellent stories on struggling through your 20s.  I somehow managed to land the greatest coup of them all and convinced the legendary Ashford Titley [...]


A Night With “Eugene Levy”: Complicated Compassion for a Crackhead

My conversation companion and I are talking quite heatedly about nothing. The purpose of the discussion is to distract him from the Queen sipping a gin and tonic in her Medieval Times crown. “You ever get so drunk you can’t see straight, Eugene?” “Eugene who?” Off to the side of us the people I came [...]


No More Named Johnny by Shannon Webb Campbell

I have been looking to open up Colony of Losers to my talented friends.  One of my good friends is a professional writer by the name of Shannon Webb Campbell. While Chad Pelley reminds me of a Newfoundland Nabakov, Shannon is more of a Newfoundland Oscar Wilde. Strangely enough Chad happens to be her mentor and [...]


Michael Kimber Goes Mental Health Commission

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Pretty Amazing: 1 in 10 people with Anorexia Nervosa die within 10 years

There are a lot of women out there who could talk about this a lot better than I can. In fact the video put together by Meghan Philpott  above is my friend Jessica Inkpen doing exactly that. The topic today is eating disorders. My reason for doing this is somewhat stereotypical Michael Kimber. A douche [...]


Collecting Things to Throw Away

I’ve recently decided it was time to open up Colony of Losers to my colony of talented friends.  Chad Pelley was the first person to come to mind and we aren’t particularly close in real life. Over the last year of reading his Facebook statuses I slowly began to read his work and found that [...]

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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 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 I think they do great work and have been a help to me personally.

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