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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©2009 Peter Diamond

What began as one man’s humble search for sanity has become a media feeding frenzy. On this page you can keep up with Colony of Losers with interviews in print, radio and soon TV.  So take a second and take a look at where the Losers have been popping up.

Chronicle Herald: Brutal Honesty on Bloggers Site:

Appeared on MTV to talk about mental illness:

Son of a Kimber by best selling author Chad Pelley:  Massive praise from a future literary giant. I’m school girl excited by this one.

Torontoist article: Michael Kimber Is Out. This confusingly titled article has spent a week as the Torontoist’s most popular story and resulted in the Bloggess finding out about my campaign.

The Bloggess Coming Out: She saw the video on the Torontoist and made the campaign explode. Hundreds of people came out on her page and hundreds more on twitter. Her tweet about Coming Out was a tweet of the day.  Dozens of blogs have joined in the campaign.

Birds Graphic Novel with award winning cartoonist Mike Holmes Pieces:

Mindyourmind Mental Health Advocate Interview

I’ve started working with one of the biggest mental health websites in the country.  They did an interview with me concerning my experiences with depression, anxiety and writing about it.

Whirligig Movie Review:

Awesome movie. Pretty intense rant.

Muggles, Madness and Professional Help:

Halifax Magazine: Dispatches from the Colony of Losers

Halifax’s hottest arts magazine introduces the beginning of their series of Colony of Losers articles. Trevor Adams is the man.

The Day That No One Could Save Me:

Article detailing the origins of Colony of Losers published in the October edition of Halifax Magazine.  Featuring the art of Peter Diamond.

Dalhousie Gazette: Cure#3: So You Have Anxiety Independant blogger checked out my stuff and repped me.  Figured I’d do the same back. Good shit, Anjuli.

Background Noise:

Hilarious and brilliant local podcasters do an indepth interview with me about the Cure, Mental Health and my MacDonald’s commercial.

Here are Youtube Clips:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Losers United: My Collaboration With Michael Kimber

Awesome story written by my Ralph Steadman.  Find out about how I came into contact with the one and only Peter Diamond.

Interview with Peter Diamond

This is one of the more philosophical pieces as I discuss how the Colony is affecting my personal life.

Peter Diamond interview with Squidface and the Meddler

Finding Optimism gives Colony of Losers an excellent review.

Open Editors Pick: is one of the biggest blogging sites in the world. Four times in just three months a Colony of Losers article has been picked for the front page.

Permission to Panic

Cure#8 Mama Luba Gets Me Past The Shame of Mental Illness

Choke Porn Philanthropy and Journalistic Ethics

My Brother the Hispanic Jewish Hip Hop Star


  • Introduction to the Cure

  • Peter Diamond Gallery

  • About

    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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