Mar 12, 2019
Blake Loates’ greatest passion
is to educate and speak about mental health and suicide prevention.
She openly shares her own struggles to help others know they are
not alone, there is help, and there is beauty in resilience and
connection. She joins The Inner Circle to share her own internal
battles with depression, and how she used her own artistic talent
to capture other people with mental illness and serve her community
as a leader.
What You’ll Hear in This Episode:
strength and beauty Blake sees in working with people with a mental
about Blake’s personal struggle with depression, anxiety disorder,
and bipolar disorder.
we must challenge the stigma and shed light on the truth in mental
- Depression is a very real and often very
physical disease, with many debilitating symptoms and physiological
importance of talking about depression before it gets too
trip to Nepal that changed Blake’s life forever, and the
opportunity it created for her to realize her passion and skill for
just loving something immensely is not enough to fully cure mental
- Blake’s experience as a psychiatric nurse, and
the fundamental knowledge of mental illness and suicide prevention
it gave her.
jump Blake made to pursue photography full time, and how dreams
never fully look the same in real life as they do in our
about We all Believe In You — a peer support community to offer
people with mental health issues support and
impact that Robin Williams’ death had on her own decision to dive
in and fully commit to photography in order to show just how
isolating mental illness can be.
it felt like for Blake to have her photography displayed at events
and have people resonate so deeply with her work and their
about her achievement as the only Canadian selected for Facebook’s
Community Leadership Program.
important things to remember when dealing with a loved one that has
mental illness: believe, listen, don’t judge.
the next steps will be for her in both her personal life and as an
you say mental illness, the first thing that pops into my mind is
felt like a freak, and I felt like I had no one to connect
didn’t know why I should have to feel ashamed for something I
didn’t do to myself.”
camera changed my life.”
- “Photography brought me into people’s best
make sure my pride comes from an act of helping and
illness tricks you. It makes you believe you don’t deserve life or
Canadian Mental Health
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