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Nilam Chhetri, Making Mental Health Matter

ProfileI came to Canada with my family in 1996 with big dreams and aspirations. Four years after we arrived in Canada, my brother committed suicide and shortly afterwards my sister was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. It took me and my family 15 years to overcome grief and start talking about this openly. In 2012 I finally understood that silence makes things much worse for those struggling with mental health, and it affects their families similarly. This is when I created a blog site called Side by Side, initially as a personal blog to share my feeling and thoughts. In less than six months my blog had more than 3000 followers. I found each post received dozens of comments and active discussion. This is when I realized that I was not alone and that my simple blog had the possibility of serving as a much needed platform for support, open conversation, and empowerment. It has now grown into an online magazine whose purpose is to create positive change in the field of mental health. Currently I’m studying to become a Psychotherapist. This is my story as a young immigrant to Canada where I learned to move from deep loss and grief to becoming an active mental health advocate. Continue reading Nilam Chhetri, Making Mental Health Matter