The Toxicity of Diet Culture

The best word I can use to describe our dieting and weight loss culture is “obsessive”. And maybe “pervasive”. It seems impossible to escape – unless you cut ties with the majority of your friends, family and coworkers, stay inside all day, and steer clear of the internet or any other form of media. You … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


Casual Racism and Anxiety

What do mental health and race have to do with each other? I’ve written about this intersection in the past (see: “Dealing with Mental Illness as a Person of Colour”), but it’s a topic I want to explore further. People of colour do face unique mental health challenges with regards to representation and stereotypes, which … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


Living With Anxiety

I didn’t understand mental illness until it affected me directly. Growing up, I never talked about it with anyone. The names of disorders sparked a simplistic game of word association in my mind: depression = sad; anxiety = worried; anorexia = skinny. That was the extent of my knowledge. When I was diagnosed with depression … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


SMART Goals for Mental Wellness

As an anxious person, I frequently agonize over my actions, wondering whether I did the right thing, at the right time, or the right way. My confidence is shaky as each decision hangs in midair and I question myself: “Should I have done that? Will this go badly? Did I embarrass myself? Do they misunderstand … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


More Than Just a Gimmick

A while ago I came across this hand sanitizer at a rest stop along the highway. That’s right, it’s OCD Hand Sanitizer. The back reads: “Open cap. Sanitize. Close cap. Open cap. Sanitize. Close cap. Make sure cap is firmly closed. Recheck cap. Are you sure it’s closed?” This is just one of the infuriating … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


Redefining Myself

Healing from a mental illness is a difficult process for many reasons, but one of the most challenging aspects for me was redefining who I was. After being depressed for a couple of years, I honestly couldn’t even remember what it was like to be happy. I couldn’t remember what I enjoyed doing or what … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


I Wish I Had Learned Mental Health Literacy Earlier

How many of you started to feel “off” long before you began seeking help? Could you put what you were feeling into words? As a teenager, I could understand that I felt poorly for pretty long periods of time but I didn’t really know how to communicate it. I had heard of depression but I … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


What Does Mental Illness Look Like?

I’ve been told by several people that I seem like a “very calm, happy, and confident person”. This is often at odds with how I see myself, which is certainly not the picture of poise I am made out to be. I have to remind myself that the world only sees what I allow it … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


The Cost of Mental Illness

Without my job and the health benefits it comes with, I could be paying $300 a month to treat my anxiety. I can barely imagine paying that much now, let alone if I was unemployed. More than 6.7 million Canadians are currently living with a mental illness, and young people aged 15 to 24 are … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


Dealing with Mental Illness as a Person of Colour

The stigma of mental illness is one of the most common barriers to getting help. But people of colour face a whole other layer of stigma that is just as important, and not discussed nearly enough: we are vastly underrepresented when it comes to talking about mental health and overall media portrayal of mental illnesses. … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


The Six-Month Wait

My experience seeking and receiving psychological treatment has not been easy, so I thought I would write about them to shine a light on the challenges that myself and many others face. Psychotherapy, counseling and other forms of non-medicated treatment are often prescribed to people with a mental illness. The results can be life-changing, but … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.


“I Don’t Want to Get Better”

“I don’t want to get better.” One of the most shameful things about mental illness for me has been the realization that part of me doesn’t want to get better. I knew that recovery from a mental illness had its ups and downs, but I never imagined just how much I would try to sabotage … Continued

About Jasmin Yee

Jasmin Yee is an Ottawa-based young professional who has dealt with mental illness since the end of high school. Now 24, she has a passion for mental health advocacy and breaking down the barriers that make it so hard to talk publicly about mental illness. She writes about her experiences with depression and anxiety on her blog, as well as her thoughts on how to reduce stigma. Jasmin aims to develop a career in health promotion so that she can connect with at-risk communities and enable them to take care of their mental health.