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

Surviving your Quarter Life Crisis and becoming an adult

C.O.L Links

During my time drinking orange juice in my underwear I have found a lot of interesting websites. As many of them were pornographic in nature I have decided to limit myself to shit I believe in and think you should know about. If you are doing something awesome let me know about it. Artists gotta hang together or no one will give a shit when we hang separately.

Links from the Colony:

Stronghold Digital: This is my boy Tristan and he does incredible work at really good prices. If you are looking to set up your own website this is the guy to go to.

Peter Diamond Illustrations: Check out this man’s incredible art. He’s like an adopted brother to me who I met once in a coffee shop.

Link to Last Night: This is my rap album that I rap really fast on but still think is an awesome project. Thanks to the Colony of Losers that made this possible.

Mental Health Websites:

Mindyourmind.ca: This website is an awesome resource for mental health advocacy. They always have accurate, interesting content and are great to work with.

Canadian Coalition of Alternative Mental Health Resources

They have a comprehensive list of alternative mental health resources. I looked into pretty much everything during my recovery and this was a good website.

Central Toronto Youth Services:

Really good links for adoloscents and parents dealing with mental health problems during a child’s teens.

Facing Us: Great site for anyone dealing with a mood disorder.

Finding Optimism Blog:  Sometimes you need a pick me up and this website is good for that sort of shit. One of my favorite ways of getting optimistic is playing basketball against small children. They suck and I feel like a big man.

Anxious No More: This website is really personal and well put together. Aimee has been doing it for a long time and is good at what she does.  Alot of helpful links and a very friendly and honest voice. Check her out.

Half of Us: Interesting site for students facing depression.

Get Help Early: All you need to know about psychosis.  Shit isn’t your fault. Use the resources you can to get help.

Here’s the deal: This is an excellent site for youth who want to learn more about mental illness and get involved in the struggle to bring awareness.

Here to Help: Great international site that deals with mental health issues.  Also happens to have content in numerous languages.

Laing House: Really wicked program in Halifax. I was lucky enough to teach a little creative writing to the incredible people making use of the services.  If you are in Halifax and need a little help the workers are fantastic, friendly and very approachable.

Like Minds.org : Like Minds, Like Mine is a public health funded project to reduce mental illness stigma and the discrimination that people with experience of mental illness face everyday in the community.

Mental Health Services Ontario: Really easy to navigate site offering help to people in Ontario.   While reading this I ate a whole bag of chips and absorbed a lot of information.

Cross Currents Prevention and Management: Really good site where drug addiction and mental illness are explored together.

National Network for Mental Health: Excellent for anyone curious as to what help the system can offer.

State of Mind: Neuroscience blog about mental health by childhood friend of mine Ian Mahar.  You can see how he earned that PHD. With brains.

Fuck Tolerance, Stop Hurting People Because You Are Ignorant and Boring Links: Aka Good Causes I support

Alter Heroes: A website dedicated to defending the rights of teenage members of the LGBT community.

Music:

joshmartinez.ca:  This is my big bro Matthew’s website for his so called rap career.  He travels around the world, has sex with beautiful women and wears a moustache that makes Tom Selleck wet his pants. Get on your internets, find out who the fuck he is and help him buy a pool!

Camobear: My big bro’s record label which I am currently head of Public Relations for.  Check out the website and find out all the shit going on with this talented crew.

DJ Yrush: If I was a real rapper he would be my DJ. He drinks coffee and completes rap albums in a day. He is prettier than Jared Leto and will fuck your face up if you fuck with him.

MarkitMusic: Motherfucker is on his way to being a doctor and he puts out more music than any of your favorite rappers. This is guy is a thinker and an amazing freestyler.  Go listen to his music and contemplate having his babies.

Hermitofthewoods: Dude is a brother to me and is one of the best poets I have ever met. Owes a lot to Leonard Cohen and Sage Francis. Fear the beard.  Read about his chronicles on the site.

Jus Frais: He isn’t French but he sure likes dating girls that are. Great musician and chiefly responsible for my return to rap music after a several year hiatus. Check him out.

ArchNme: ArchNme are on some Jedi Mind Tricks shit. Violent angry hip hop with incredible beats and flows. The group involves Morse Code and his brother Weapon X.

Best Mental Health Bloggers:

I’ll be honest and say I hate the majority of depression blogs. Too much enthusiasm and preaching. These guys aren’t full of shit and deserve to be read by anyone who is unlucky enough to need their wisdom.

Pursuit of Happiness: This blogger is all honesty. Depressing, introverted and articulate and never what you expect. Makes you feel sick to your stomach and somehow a little stronger. He is surviving and that’s inspiring in and of itself.

Furious Seasons: Phil Dawdy is a big campaigner against the corporate evils of big Pharma. AKA he doesn’t trust in the idea of a magic pill that takes all your problems away and seeks to make big firms actually discloses possible side effects. Check him out and learn about the important work he is doing.

A Beautiful Revolution: Andre Jordan is one of the most brilliant minds blogging on mental health today.  In 2006 he was suicidal and sought help. He began writing a Beautiful Revolution. Funny, tragic and incredibly true to life his work really helped me when I was the most fucked up.  I highly recommend checking out his work. A brilliant fusion of philosophy and illustration.

Splintered Mind: What a weird and intelligent dude. You’ve never read anyone like him.  As strange as his sense of humour may seem he says a lot of real and important things. I stumbled onto him during a particular bleak phase in my life and he made a lot of sense. Reading him now he does the same thing.

See blogs and businesses for Canada

Nicole Irene’s blog:  Interesting and funny blog and she reached out to the Colony so we reach back.  We respect anyone who is trying to make a little something for themselves.

Cool Shit:

Laurenonoutloud: Check out Lauren O’Neils hilarious tales of cyber geekery. The site has enough media to make your ADD do backflips.  Really intelligent writing combined with a hyperactive sense of humour.  Get yourself a Martini, a Blackberry and make some drunk emails where you talk about technology and the latest in Hollywood movies. She inspires it.

Chelle Wotten’s photography:  This girl is a major Halifax talent.  Her mastery of classic photography techniques using models that don’t exactly fit the mold should speak to every artist living down and out.

Jake and the Slut: I have heard this project described as Spinal Tap with subtitles, the story of a Korean rock band as it is makes the big time.  Jake was my friend from University. Sometimes when he drinks he takes his shirt off and body slams a motherfucker. Former wrestling champion. No shit.

Travel Yourself: Travel Yourself is a travel blog/vlog by filmmaker Cailin O’Neil who is making her own travel TV show of the same name. We went to high school together. She once saved my life from bullies. Travel Yourself is travel show that is less about the destination and more about the experiences you have and relationships you make specifically while traveling solo.

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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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