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Meghan Shares Her Mental Health Journey
Meghan Shares Her Mental Health Journey
Hey there! My name is Meghan and I am the Research and Development Coordinator for Cam’s Kids. While there were many reasons to get involved with the foundation, the driving factor for me was my personal connection with anxiety and mental health struggles. I am writing this today to finally tell my story- something I’ve withheld from the world for a long time. I’ve finally convinced myself to no longer be ashamed of my story. Doesn’t mean it’s not terrifying to share it, but it is my hope that in doing so, it resonates or motivates someone else out there who is also struggling.
Alyssia Explains How Hope Has Helped Her Cope with Her Anxiety
Alyssia Explains How Hope Has Helped Her Cope with Her Anxiety
My purpose in sharing my story is more about the journey of finding hope in many forms to help ease the pain that anxiety can bring to an individual. For me I didn't realize I was suffering with anxiety and depression until my early adulthood. At the age of 18 I remember feeling tremendous stress, in particular when it came to trusting in friendships and relationships. And a huge part of this was from developing friendships in circles where I was harassed or bullied since the age of 14.
Carley Opens Up About Her Battle with PTSD and Bipolar Disorder
Carley Opens Up About Her Battle with PTSD and Bipolar Disorder
Mental health has been a prominent subject in my life for quite a few years now. I have experienced it on many different levels. I personally have suffered from mental health challenges, my family has suffered from it, and my friends have suffered from it. It amazes me when I think back about how prominent this disease has become. I am Diagnosed PTSD and Bipolar ll. Anxiety is a huge part of both of these diagnoses.
A Social Media Hiatus: What Haley Took Away From It
A Social Media Hiatus: What Haley Took Away From It
Over the last seven days, I took a complete hiatus from social media. I offloaded the apps from my phone, committed to not "scrolling", didn't post, and didn't consume social media in any way. It didn't drastically change my life, but it did subtly improve it.I'm not saying that social media is inherently bad - on the contrary, I think it has a ton of potential positives - but taking a break did make me consciously evaluate how and why I use social media, and gave me the chance to restructure how I'll use it in the future. Here are some of the things I took away:
How Anti-Depressants Have Helped Abby Manage Her Anxiety
How Anti-Depressants Have Helped Abby Manage Her Anxiety
A year ago, I decided to do something. Something for me. Something personal. Impactful. Something smart, healthy, and very, very much needed. A year ago, I decided it was time to take control of my life again and take the control back from the anxiety monster I gave it to. A year ago, I took my first dose of anxiety medication, and prepared for a year of change.
Bailey: Importance of Listening to Your Body
Bailey: Importance of Listening to Your Body
Any “type” of person can be suffering from a mental illness, even the ones who seem like they have a perfect life. In high school, I was getting rewarded for my non-stop work through scholarships and awards. It’s funny to me that the driving force behind why I was doing so well was my anxiety. What I learned through all this is that even if the whole world is telling you that you’re doing great, what’s most important is how you feel about yourself.
Brigitte
Brigitte's Struggle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression
For those who don’t know me my name is Brigitte Herrema and I have Generalized Anxiety Disoder (GAD) and Depression. For most of my academic career, I was a bit of a social outcast in terms of what the “cool kids” thought were cool. When I was in grade 12, my life began to become a lot more complicated and I was really struggling academically and stopped caring as much as I use to. In university, my anxiety went full tilt.
Elena
Elena's Journey to Finding Balance
Hey! My name is Elena, and my friends call me El. My life is guided by my passions. In the past year, I’ve found health, happiness and discovered a strong sense of purpose. Things in my life aren’t perfect, but things are good. This is due in large part to the fact that I am in a good place with my mental health. But, it wasn’t always this way.
Ryan Martin: How to Become the Champion of Your Mental Health
Ryan Martin: How to Become the Champion of Your Mental Health
Mental health is my passion and it's my life. Every day, I manage the unpredictability of my bipolar type II disorder - a constant flux of anxiety, depression, and irritability. But, over time and after being pushed to my limits, I've learned a lot about how to proactively manage and not be a victim. Mental health is more than manageable, and you can live an extremely healthy life. It just takes the right tools, support, commitment, and openness.
How Cam
How Cam's Kids Helped Brenna Realize She Was Struggling with Anxiety
I had no idea that what I was struggling with was anxiety, until I stumbled across the Cam’s Kids website. For many months I felt off...I couldn’t manage to bring myself out to social events. Every day was a struggle and my chest got heavier and heavier with every thought of having to leave the house.
Holly Talks About Her PTSD, Anxiety and Depression
Holly Talks About Her PTSD, Anxiety and Depression
Hello my name is Holly Alexandra Dodd and I have PTSD, extreme anxiety and depression. I was stuck in my own mind, which is a darkness so many know and feel. It was as though the air was heavier for me, as though there was this weight sitting on my chest that I couldn't get rid of.
Jewel Opens Up About Her Struggles with Social Anxiety
Jewel Opens Up About Her Struggles with Social Anxiety
I have struggled with social anxiety for as long as I can remember. From a young age I remember being ashamed of my body and believing every look or whisper was about me; I thought I was being judged.
Emylee
Emylee's Upfront and Strong Way of Coping with Anxiety& Depression
I have a grateful (and definitely uncommon) outlook on my depression and anxiety. When they rear their heads, I express outwardly. Any of my close friends, co workers, or strangers can attest that it’s common for me to say “I’m starting to feel anxious, not sure why”. Or similarly “I feel so sad and I hate myself for no reason, even though I know I don’t really mean that”. I embrace. I know it will pass, which for many others, they can’t find comfort in that.
Kristen: The Importance of Reaching Out for Help
Kristen: The Importance of Reaching Out for Help
Despite my initial shock, after speaking with my doctor about what social anxiety is and the symptoms I was experiencing, I realized that I indeed had social anxiety and was willing to get help. And let me tell you—reaching out for help was the best decision I have made.
Mackenzie
Mackenzie's Guide to Wellness & Meditation
I am very passionate about making my struggles have purpose and have a strong passion to share these tools with others in hopes that they will help them as they have me.
Julien Shares Her Story Being Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Julien Shares Her Story Being Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Every year before the first day of school I would find myself feeling anxious, but this time, things were different. I had never in my life felt this sort of debilitating fear/dread/confusion, and it ended up being the beginning of a very difficult yet eye-opening journey.
Melissa
Melissa's Personal Journey Coping with Anxiety
As far as I can remember back in my life, I have always had anxiety. It’s like there have been pieces of me missing… like a house at night that’s meant to have all of its lights on, except some rooms are stuck in the dark.
Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap
"I've struggled with anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder for most of my life. My 'story' has had a lot to do with the gap in the health care system...that leaves people, like me, feeling lost and invalidated." - Haley Eltherington
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Cam's Kids Ambassador Daniele on coping with anxiety away from home
I am so thankful for my family, boyfriend, friends, coworkers, and dance teachers who continue to support and understand why I can't always control the way I respond to certain situations, as well as help me calm down when my anxiety level is high.
Jeff Corbett on his personal experience with anxiety
Jeff Corbett on his personal experience with anxiety
The reason I am writing this is so that people may understand that it really is okay to speak out and ask for help. Directed especially to those in the hockey community, you are not alone...
What anxiety feels like to me
What anxiety feels like to me
Our most recent testimonial focuses on Hayley and Lane describing how anxiety feels to them and what they have learned about managing it.
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Cam's Kids Ambassador Morgan M.
My name is Morgan. I am 16 years old and this is my story. I hope this helps you learn something new so that you can help someone with anxiety or even help yourself.
Haley Smith Shares Her Journey to Mental Wellness
Haley Smith Shares Her Journey to Mental Wellness
Everyone experiences highs and lows - tough times and happy times. For some, the battle to make the ups outshine the downs is harder than for others. I am one such person.

Some of Our Supporter Stories

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Hayden, Cam's Kids' Ambassador, recently organized a unique and successful event to raise money and awareness for mental health initiatives including Cam's Kids. Read the whole story here...

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Peter Dauncey, a former World Champion Weightlifter, dedicates his time to helping others. Recently, Dauncey came forward with the idea of hosting a Bench Press Competition at Body Fit Health Club, in Uxbridge, to raise money and awareness for Cam’s Kids Foundation. Check out Peter's Story and learn more about Peter's Bench Press competition to benefit Cam's Kids.

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UOttawa Entrepeneurs sell Hats for Cam's Kids

Recently, a group of students from Ottawa University started selling hats with the slogan "Make UOttawa Great Again" as a play on Donald Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again". They were very successful - with every hat they sold, they gave $5 to Cam's Kids and also included a Cam's Kids bookmark with their sale. They ended up selling over 200 hats and raising $1000 for Cam's Kids! On March 16th, they presented Ambassador Andrew Hicks with the cheque signifying their donation to Cam's Kids. What an incredible show of support for the Foundation!

The initiative was headed by Erik Mosney with his partners Kyle Stinson and Mitch Robinson. Thanks so much for your support Erik, Kyle, and Mitch!

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Karmady x Cam’s Kids Foundation

Cam’s Kids is a non-profit organization that I feel passionate about. Earlier this year I began making jewellery and donating part of the profits to Cam’s Kids. I have since expanded to an Etsy shop with my business partner Ani. We are constantly designing new product, both jewellery, clothing and working with vintage pieces, and we are hoping to move forward with this cause. We are now adding select items to our shop, with specific stones and stamped wording that will be sold with 10% of the profit donated to Cam’s Kids Foundation. The items supporting the organization will be under the title “Cam’s Kids x Karmady” with the name of the item.

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USS Pancake Dinner

The Uxbridge Secondary School Business Leadership Class hosted an incredibly successful Pancake Dinner in December, 2015. The support that Cam's Kids has received from the Uxbridge Community has been amazing - but the willingness of young people to come together to support the Foundation is inspirational - it embodies the spirit of youth-helping-youth. Thanks to the entire class and to everyone who attended the event! 

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No Drink November

For one month, to honour the memory of friends that I have lost in accidents related to alcohol, I gave up drinking.  It was the most rewarding and challenging month I think I have ever experienced. Read more...

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