I've written four articles for the “Breaking The Silence” section of The Bolt so far this year. Each one is a Concordia student's story of his or her experience with a mental health issue and its relevance not only to their life as a student but their success and happiness as a person. Life is a series of stories, and there is no story without a message; something to be learned. The people I have interviewed for their stories have helped reinforce the idea that life's major theme is not that struggle is universal – but that tenacity and resilience are meaningful. The perseverance through conflict, especially when forced to carry the most unfair of burdens, is what makes the steps of progress so meaningful. Sharing stories like I have been doing with The Bolt has been educational for me, and I hope similarly valuable for some readers around campus as well. We have taken a closer look at people that you may walk past every day never knowing about personal histories that are full of lessons yet to be learned. The goal is for someone, perhaps especially someone who is particularly struggling, to read these kinds of stories and have some feelings of loneliness taken away. The stigma of mental health problems and our reluctance to talk about them, only serves to create more anxiety and isolation for those who need support. Seeing that these problems are more common than you may expect should not be interpreted as invalidating the uniqueness and reality of your own struggles, it instead can be taken as some small morsel of hope that it can be coped with. Break the silence, and share a story.
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