Michel counts himself lucky. He is surrounded by a loving family and friends and has a job he adores, a job at which he thrives. More than anything, he cherishes this stable, comfortable life that he dreamed of when he was going through a darker period.

In his early twenties, Michel was extremely industrious. He always set himself lofty goals and pushed himself to achieve them. Michel worked in a demanding milieu and knew how to assert his place. He felt like he was in his element, but insidiously, a weariness began to overcome him. He retreated into himself and gradually started cutting ties with the outside. He knew that his loved ones were there for him, but he isolated himself nonetheless. Michel was overspent and experiencing a great deal of anxiety. He didn’t know who he was anymore. He had always had so much energy—then suddenly he had no plans and no tools for moving forward with his life. Even his mental and physical capacities seemed altered. But even while Michel was enveloped by a profound sadness, a flicker of hope was still alive within him.

Then, he had a pivotal encounter. He came across someone in the health field who could hear what he needed to say. His greatest wish was so simple: he wanted to feel “normal” again, to rediscover life’s daily joys. He had to start by working on the basics: eating, sleeping, and moving right. With help, perseverance and a lot of patience, he also tried a panoply of tools that could help him improve. He needed to be open-minded and work on himself, because the recovery process is a long and very personal journey. Michel built his self-confidence back up and learned to accept that he no longer had to aim for perfection. To this day, he continues to savour this change in him. By being less critical and demanding of himself, he is less stressed and even appreciates the value of his accomplishments. Thanks to this period of introspection, Michel came to understand what was good for him and his overall balance. He continues to savour the joy that the stability of his daily life brings him.

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The Bell Let's Talk Community Fund is focused on improving access to supports and services for people living with mental illness through local projects and grassroots organizations in communities all around Canada.

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