I finally showed the world a glimpse of my work from the past months.
And the world responded. The Tipping Point Facebook page received over 1000 likes in the first 4 days.
- I sent a letter of recommendations to Santa Ono, President and Louise Cowin, Vice President Students. I had been working on this letter for the past two months. Santa tweeted me back saying that I’ll be getting a response.
- I’ve also received the first bits of opposition from a few students. My Student Leadership Conference application got rejected. The UBC fyi newsletter will no longer be publishing my story because I am no longer a registered student.
- But for the most part, the UBC community has been supportive. I spoke at CiTR’s new podcast, The Gallery Show, last week. Yesterday, I had an interview with the Ubyssey about the movement and the event. UBC Spotlight is going to help me launch my YouTube channel. I will also be speaking at MHAC’s speaker series on depression on November 7th.
It’s only been two weeks since my breakdown (I had another one since then) and so many things have happened since then. My life has been one big rollercoaster ride for the past two years since my first suicide attempt and it’s not stopping anytime soon.
A lot of things have been happening. I still doubt myself every day, but I keep going anyway. Though this morning, I realized that for the past several months, I haven’t had a proper break. Every day, I’m either not functioning, or if I am, I’m working on this project. I can feel myself heading towards burnout. Many people have been seeking me for consolation and advice. And I want to be there for these people because I genuinely understand the struggle. But I also need to take care of myself. I can only continue this project if I’m alive and functioning to do so.
I would like to thank the UBC community for the support thus far, and please continue to do so. Creating change in an institution takes effort and I can’t do it on my own. Thank you ✌️