Why has mental healthy become so important to young professionals? My opinion... because we are realizing how prevalent the problem is, how important your mental state is and how easily impacted our brains become by the craze of today's fast pace society (not to mention the fact that we've hit a huge change in mental stimulation due to social media). Remember when you used to sit in your bed and talk to your best friend until 2am on a school night... on your parents land line... praying no one picked up... Well now we simply scroll up and down on Instagram all night, no conversation, no connection (besides wifi) and no personal growth. I love Instagram, dont get me wrong, but dealing with the stress of how many likes I have on a picture (and I actually do get this stress) is not healthy and does not help me grow in any way. We dont talk it out or write it out anymore. We just move on to the next thing without feeling. Over stimulation meets information overload... meets stress... meets no time for connection... meets bad food, bad relationships, bad jobs, go go go until... wall.. Depression. Anxiety. Body image issues.... this is mental health and its getting to our generation more than ever....
I find myself forgetting, being confused, mixed up, overwhelmed, and depressed when I cannot handle the pressure of what is put on me (sometimes just from myself - like my social engagement - and sometimes from others). I find it's a huge struggle to remind myself that mental health is all part of the same thing ... living a healthy lifestyle! When I preach health health health all the time, you can't just eat well and hit a spin class to expect to reach your full potential. Think about it this way, a clear mind can allow you to stay positive and focused on the good!
What it comes down to is if you don't keep your body healthy you cannot expect to keep your brain healthy. Most of us face some level of mental health struggle on a daily basis. A portion of us reach levels that we cannot cope with alone and need get the proper help and support. That is why institutions like the Douglas and events like Let's Bond are becoming so important to our youth. Its the idea that we need to bring it back to whats important in your mind, not just your social media feed. Bring back stability and support of those you love. This is exactly what the amazing committee behind Let's Bond have been doing.
I believe in a lot of causes but there are always some you feel more of an emotional attachement to than others. In some way or another we have all faced mental health problems. Through grandparents with Alzheimer's , best friends with anorexia nervosa or our own depression. Mental health is a big part of this happiness journey. I talk a lot about finding your daily happiness in your life and staying healthy, but connecting the two is important. What you eat and how you treat your body is exactly how your health will pan out, mental or physical. Food can actually change your brains power and function. Studies on blueberries helping memory and working out creating endorphins to make you happy.... These are things I love to talk with all of you about and its why I find this cause so incredible. I also watched my grandmother suffer with Alzheimer's for years (which is actually the reason I became obsessed with photography and not forgetting the moment), so mental health does mean something big to me from the small daily challenges to the life long battles.
Let's Bond gala that took place on October 14th at Le Salon 1861 has so many young people fighting to support and attend. Guys, this event sells out in 40 minutes.INSANE! I was so so lucky to be invited to support the cause, I couldn't help but share with you. I am so passionate about educating people on their health and of course sharing how awesome this night was is the added bonus! Now let's get to the nitty gritty of the event. They raised over 250 000$ for the cause. Serving up top food and drinks from restaurants like RYU, MTL DOWN, POIS PENCHÉ, and BEATRICE. Celeb DJ Toddy Flores was spinning my dance soundtrack of the night and we all had a blast. Live performances went on all night long in the beautiful setting. My advice to you all is to keep an eye out for this event next year. Like I said, SOLD OUT in a matter of minutes.
Below are some shots from the spectacular event. The first two below of me wearing Maison Elama (and the one with my cutie pie date) were taken by the beautiful Jen Campbell of Diary of a Social Gal. Follow along on her page for all the hottest event details in Montreal. The rest of the shots were taken by the Let's Bond Team. Thank you for a great night and effort towards supporting those around us with mental health issues.
Stay healthy, happy, and smiling.