I’ve often been described as a “Mental Health Warrior” by people on social media, because of my advocacy work for men’s mental health and my openness in sharing my story of living with anxiety and depression.
But I’ve always felt that such an honourific was best bestowed on others, who have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds in their quest for better mental health.
One such Warrior is Chris Nihmey, an Ottawa native and author of “Two Sides to the Story: Living a Lie“, a 400-page memoir detailing Chris’ battle with mental illness.
I had the pleasure of meeting Chris recently at a public lecture I organized for Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Ottawa. We will be exploring possibilities of future collaboration in the weeks and months ahead. Meanwhile, I look forward to reading Chris’ memoir, which he so kindly autographed for yours truly.
Here’s one of Chris’ pearls of wisdom:
“Until we can separate the person from the illness, change will not happen. Witness my story and you will never look at mental illness the same again.” – Chris Nihmey, Author, Two Sides to the Story: Living a Lie
I invite you to find out more about Chris — and how this Warrior is tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness — by visiting his website, ChrisNihmey.com.