August 22, 2017
EVENT: Tough Mudder Toronto 2017
EVENT DATE: Aug 12, 2017
Hello good people of the internet! My name is Mitchell Davis. Mental health and addictions has been a very prevalent force in my life for many years now. I am hesitant to share about my experiences with these issues, but I believe it is important for reducing stigma and raising awareness to include some details about how these things have and continue to affect my life. I hope if people can see someone they could relate to or may remind them of someone they know, then it might encourage them to seek help for themselves or someone else. I am now 24 years old, going on 25 later in the year. If I remember correctly I began seeking professional help for issues and feelings I did not understand when I was 18, although I remember experiencing symptoms long before that. While receiving help I still struggled to understand how much of my life it was affecting, and was resistant to the fact I could not manage it on my own. This resistance and denial led to unhealthy coping strategies including substance abuse. My mental illness and addictions affected school, work, relationships with family, relationships with friends, and everything in between. It was in December of 2014 where I would say I was at my worst that things concluded with a duration spent in a hospital. It was not the first time I was hospitalized but it ended up being the longest time I would spend there. After that is when I decided it was time for some real change, and I started my sobriety. As of July 2017 I have been clean and sober for over 2 years and 7 months. I can't say its been easy, and I continue to use the supports available to help me manage my illness. I have completed Tough Mudder the past two years, and decided this year that I would try to fund-raise for mental illness hoping it will help allow more support to those in need. I will leave it at that, and thank you for reading my story.
Some quick facts on mental illness;
In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health or addiction problem.
Only one in three people suffering from a mental illness, and as few as one in four youth, reported having sought services and treatment.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and woman from adolescence to middle age.
Studies show that mental and physical health are linked, as problems in one are can often lead to problems in the other.
With appropriate treatment and support, most people with mental illness will recover.