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After a year of blogging for Healthy Minds Canada, my time here has come to an end.

I’ve really enjoyed writing here, sharing what I’ve been through and tips I have learned, which have hopefully been of help to those who read it. This whole process has even helped me. I find writing very therapeutic and having a schedule to write every two weeks reminds me of my mental health, so it doesn’t go neglected.

I hope I left a few take home messages, such as that mental health is important to everyone and should be acknowledged in our daily lives, not just those with a mental illness. Taking care of your mental health prevents mental illnesses from developing.

Every experience you go through, whether good or bad, is a learning experience. That includes the really tough times of a mental illness. I’ve gone through some horrible experiences, but I was able to share what I’ve learned from them with everyone on this blog. I try taking what I’ve learned and moving forward, not letting it label me and control my life. My mental illness is a small part of me; it’s not everything and it doesn’t define me.

If you want to hear more from me, follow me on @MentalUnity, where I post mental health related information, and I will be posting when I publish blog posts to my Tumblr.

Take care and take care of your mental health.

About Elena B.

Elena is a 21 year-old college student, sales associate, and volunteer living with depression and generalized & social anxiety. Formally diagnosed with social anxiety in high school, Elena has struggled with it for the majority of her life. During her first year of university she experienced high levels of anxiety and had her first major depressive episode, which was followed by another the following year. Since then she has been recovered and focuses on her recovery daily. She currently runs a tumblr blog, where she shares inspirational quotes, images, and tips to help others with their recovery. Follow Elena’s story on HMC’s Supportive Minds Blog.

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