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The Come Out Campaign

Posted on | January 14, 2012 | 4 Comments



4 Responses to “The Come Out Campaign”

  1. Elyse
    January 14th, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    Thank you.

  2. Natalie
    January 16th, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    Just read the peice in the Globe and I wanted to say thank you, for putting this out there.

  3. Miss Anon.
    January 16th, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    I just found your blog through CAMH’s Facebook page and I have to say thank you. I’m 23 and still don’t have the courage to tell many people about what I’ve been dealing with for over 10 years. My family is in denial and therefore I feel isolated in my own house. Most of the time I’m just alone. I lost too many relationships to it because people don’t know how to handle it and I often wonder if I ever will find anyone who won’t go running the second they find out I have this wonderful illness. I hit a low point last week when I had to get to the emergency unit due to severe suicidal thoughts and plans. That was 4-5 days ago and I can’t say I feel any better. What hurts me the most is being so alone in this world. There are very few people I can share this with and lately I keep finding myself having to cover up reasons for why I can’t be somewhere due to my many therapist/psychiatrist appointments. I just keep saying something about having an “appointment”… I expect people think I have a terminal illness by now, with the amount of appointments I have and you know what, I feel like I might as well with the way this illness has stomped most of the life out of me.

    Basically this is a huge THANK YOU to you, I hope one day I can start telling people and stop being judged.

  4. prasad
    June 10th, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    hello Michael
    i read your writeup in Toronto Star”the Dollar barrier to mental illness “one of the difficulties with the illness is the healthcare system has difficulty because there is no handle to work with this illness so far .one way to creat this handle is to change the help being given to sharing the responsibilty to start with so other steps can be built around
    for eg:we donot have a handle for car accidents also .by demanding all drivers involved in 2 accidents should go back to driving classes for 1 week and their licence renewal based up on their meeting this condition we creat a handle to solve the problem better than wringing our hands every time an accident happens
    same way having client with mental illness should get a 3 weeks re-education ( 2 weeks general ,1 week self management )after 2 crisis events will help every one trying to manage this illness .A reward system ,to clients and (health care workers )for maintaining good health would be added incentive .
    i also think there should be a policy of treatment before the crisis (not after the crisis).what i mean is that mental health clients should be able to get one month supply of medication immmidiatly when they are initial stages of decompensation for any reason ,so they do not or learn not to go into the crisis and its consequences .this is proactive management of the illness by the client
    and students in gr 8-9 should have small introductory course on mind and mental illness.this helps with the stigma as well as helping detection of the illness at the early stage with out going through the illness it self
    hope these comments will be considered in your group

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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.

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