How My Employment Gap Helped Me Accept My Depression

When I became unemployed, I didn’t even look for jobs for the first few months. My anxiety and self-hatred kept me frozen in a pit of fear. Just thinking about applying to a job, the questions, the scrutiny, the judgment; it was too much. So I took a break. I didn’t realize the fatality of … Continued

About Whitney Reyes

Whitney has always loved writing. Before she was first diagnosed with depression and GAD at 17, she started sharing her thoughts with the world on her blog. After completing journalism school, her mental illness came back with a vengeance. She's now writing about her experience on Healthy Minds Canada and social media. You can follow her on Twitter and read her other work on her personal website.


How Employers Can Improve Workplace Mental Health

As I’m preparing for interviews and writing cover letters, I often wonder if I’m ready to enter the job market. The former me would probably not even bother trying from the fear of it not working out. What if I can’t handle it, or it’s awful, or it’s too much and I have to quit? But … Continued

About Whitney Reyes

Whitney has always loved writing. Before she was first diagnosed with depression and GAD at 17, she started sharing her thoughts with the world on her blog. After completing journalism school, her mental illness came back with a vengeance. She's now writing about her experience on Healthy Minds Canada and social media. You can follow her on Twitter and read her other work on her personal website.


Not Sick Enough

Earlier this week, Kid Cudi revealed on Facebook that he had checked into rehab after suffering from depression for years. As I read his letter, I was struck by his repeated mentionings of feeling ashamed and guilty. I recognized those feelings from my own fight with depression. And it’s not just because we’re sad and can’t … Continued

About Whitney Reyes

Whitney has always loved writing. Before she was first diagnosed with depression and GAD at 17, she started sharing her thoughts with the world on her blog. After completing journalism school, her mental illness came back with a vengeance. She's now writing about her experience on Healthy Minds Canada and social media. You can follow her on Twitter and read her other work on her personal website.


My Depression Is So Frustrating

Every day I set three alarms, but I never get up for any of them. Get up earlier, lazy! I’ve usually spent all night watching a show and not sleeping. It’s a way for me to silence my brain. Otherwise, I’d never be able to fall asleep; not that I do. Just sleep like a normal … Continued

About Whitney Reyes

Whitney has always loved writing. Before she was first diagnosed with depression and GAD at 17, she started sharing her thoughts with the world on her blog. After completing journalism school, her mental illness came back with a vengeance. She's now writing about her experience on Healthy Minds Canada and social media. You can follow her on Twitter and read her other work on her personal website.


Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years?

Out of all possible job interview questions, there is one that I never get right: Where do you see yourself in five years? I hate this question. I think everybody hates this question, yet it’s still asked – a lot. Even if I practise an answer, I don’t know what to say. And I never … Continued

About Whitney Reyes

Whitney has always loved writing. Before she was first diagnosed with depression and GAD at 17, she started sharing her thoughts with the world on her blog. After completing journalism school, her mental illness came back with a vengeance. She's now writing about her experience on Healthy Minds Canada and social media. You can follow her on Twitter and read her other work on her personal website.


Why I Never Told My Workplace About My Mental Illness

I remember leaving work with my boss one day. This was a few weeks after I’d taken a sick day for some anxiety symptoms. While making small talk in the elevator, my boss asked if I was feeling better. My heart raced as I tried to assess the situation. I had told the office I … Continued

About Whitney Reyes

Whitney has always loved writing. Before she was first diagnosed with depression and GAD at 17, she started sharing her thoughts with the world on her blog. After completing journalism school, her mental illness came back with a vengeance. She's now writing about her experience on Healthy Minds Canada and social media. You can follow her on Twitter and read her other work on her personal website.


Dealing With Job Rejection And Depression

There’s a silly statistic about job searching: If you apply to 100 jobs, you’ll hear back from 10, and out of those 10, maybe one will hire you. Those are scary rejection numbers for someone like me. It’s a common problem for many people, but when living with depression and anxiety, the fear of rejection can feel like … Continued

About Whitney Reyes

Whitney has always loved writing. Before she was first diagnosed with depression and GAD at 17, she started sharing her thoughts with the world on her blog. After completing journalism school, her mental illness came back with a vengeance. She's now writing about her experience on Healthy Minds Canada and social media. You can follow her on Twitter and read her other work on her personal website.