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

Surviving your Quarter Life Crisis and becoming an adult

Awkward Conversations: Why We Lose Important Connections

I don’t understand why people don’t want to give speeches at funerals. For me that would be a big moment. I would write the hell out of it. People would cry. People would cheer. I would momentarily be your grandmother’s hero. I’m not saying I’m ghoulishly excited about the death of those close to me. [...]


The Bravest Facebook Status I’ve ever seen

  Brief Intro: Sorry for the Upworthy  style title. I just feel like people should read this. Because my friend said some important things and he said them well.   I’m not super close to Ken Thomson. We went to school together. We may have talked about a few geeky things because like me he [...]


War’s End

Four years ago today a war began. Not that preparations for the war hadn’t begun years earlier. Sometimes you don’t even notice the first shots being fired. You can ignore a lot when you’re high for most of your adoloscence in order to pretend that peace exists. For me it was like that. You could [...]


Pants Falling Down and the Joy of Mike Kimber

I assume that my emotions are like the weather. So when I’m having a good day you are too. So congratulations on having an awesome day to all you kids doing the gravity two step in cyberspace.


It won’t go away and it shouldn’t

Why do people comfort grieving people by telling them that it will go away? I’d like to tell them to revel in the actual glory of how large one life can be that it rips a piece out of you, that we create some sort of spatial vaccuum where life refuses to relinquish us. That [...]


Sometimes I love the internet

You ever ask Google an unrealistic question. Like something it couldn’t possibly know.  Sometimes when I’m bored I’ll ask really demanding questions. Like pages that describe Mike Kimber is a hero. Just to see if anything comes up. If I get a cold I look up symptoms immediately. I figure I may as well do [...]


An Open Letter to Sinead O’connor and Miley Cyrus About My Ankle

I have always been a fan of music and writing letters.  And I’d really like your opinion on something. And I didn’t know who to ask so I figured you might have an answer. Because you’re famous and you know who to trust. My ankle hurts. I used to play alot of basketball. I was [...]


Danger Dean and Bleeding Meaning

You may have noted my absence beloved Colony. I’ve been working on writing and producing a movie that we are taking to camera October 11th. I’m incredibly excited about this project. Our actors are fantastic. Our sound person is a suave ninja. And the reason this is possible is a man named Dan Jardine. I [...]


Words from Myself As A 75 Year Old British Man

Members of the Colony might remember that two years ago I found myself on the internet and his name was Michael G Kimber and he wrote novels that he posted online. You can read about it here: He is 75 years old and British. Immediately we had a strange kinship you can only experience [...]


This Is Not An Emergency

“Sorry. Your crisis isn’t enough for us to keep you,” said the doctor. “This isn’t an emergency.” Through my time trying to help others I have acquired an intimate secret. The place where your empathy burns on endless fuel of black pitch and bile. The exact location where your heart and brain meet. I know [...]

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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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