Band Together Community

A Place to Find Hope, Connection and Resources to Support Your Mental & Emotional Health

To join our NEW photo mural and the Band Together movement in support of mental health awareness, buy a BAND TOGETHER BRACELET, take a photo with you wearing it and post it on social media using the #WeBandTogether.

What is the Band Together Community?

This is a place to SHARE your story, WEAR your story and GET CONNECTED.

We are a community of people committed to breaking down the shame, stigma and isolation often associated with mental health and replacing it with hope, solidarity and belonging. This is a safe and supportive place for you to share your own experiences and get connected with others who have experienced similar struggles. We exist to remind you that you are NEVER ALONE in your struggle. Each of us has a reason to fight for a strong mind and fulfilling life. Let’s do it together!

#WeBandTogether

Share Your Story

A place to anonymously share your mental and emotional health journey in order to break through fear, shame and isolation. You can also read the stories of others. Vulnerability is courage!

Wear Your Story

Band Together bracelets give you a tangible reminder that you are never alone in your struggles and that at your core, you are an overcomer. Wear your band with purpose and for solidarity – you are never alone!

Get Connected

A place to dive deeper into conversation and content to help support you in your mental health journey. Our podcast, blog post and community forums offer a place for you to connect with others who are facing similar struggles.

How does it work?

Band Together Community is a safe and supportive online space for the mental health community. People (including you) can anonymously share their stories online through our SHARE PAGE and find encouragement through reading the STORIES OF OTHERS. You can also WEAR YOUR STORY by choosing a bracelet to wear on a daily basis and be reminded that you are an overcomer.

DISCLAIMER

The stories on our website are shared exactly as they are received without editing or censorship. Reader discretion is advised, as some stories may contain content that some may find triggering or disturbing. To maintain a safe space for those who have shared, commenting capabilities have been turned off. Instead, you can leave a Reaction on the stories as a way to let the author know you are standing with them.

#0074 – “My pattern of self harming continued until college when I mentally broke and spent 2 years recovering and rebuilding.”

*self harm trigger warning* when I was 11 or 12 I discovered that cutting myself seemed to make me feel better when I was upset. My pattern of self harming continued until college when I mentally broke and spent 2 years recovering and rebuilding. During that time I...

#0072 – “Around Christmas I went dark again and fell very close to the edge.”

I grew up in an abusive household. I think that’s where my anxiety began. I suffer from severe anxiety, depression, and ADHD. My therapist and I were just coming to accept what I have been through when Covid caused everything to shut down. I opted out of therapy after...

#0059 – “Suddenly it all became clear, I needed to smash to pieces in order to build myself up from the ground, and build I did!”

Where do I start? My mental health ruled over me for so long, I'm sharing my story as a final farewell as I release this 'victim' mindset, honour my past and embrace where it has brought me. Through my pain I brought change, obstacles in life are a chance to choose...

#0052 – “I wish that they knew what they did to me. I wish they knew that I tried what they told me. I wish they knew that because of them I hurt myself.”

This is part 2 to #49. I didn't know that I could write a long one🤷🏼‍♀️ so I was bullied from 1st grade to 5th. It was my first year at that school. We had just moved. It was really hard because I had just left my best friend. But I got used to it. I have had anxiety...

#0007 – “Like night and day difference, like a heavy sheet had been pulled off my life and suddenly there was light again.”

While early in pregnancy with my second baby, I started taking diclectin for my nausea. Right around the same time I started taking it I had 3 days of babysitting the worst nightmare child ever for 12-14 hrs/day + my own 1 year old + my nephew while my sister in law...

#0001 – “My journey has been incredibly lonely”

I was a happy newlywed when the first panic attack hit. We had just turned off the lights and were going to bed when I suddenly sat up. “It’s hard to breathe,” I told my husband. Within half an hour we were in the emergency room. A week later it happened again, but at...

#0034 – “On the outside, I look like a happy, funny woman. If I weren’t open about the issues I have, no one would know.”

I have struggled from anxiety and depression from a young age, and it runs in my family.  I remember being a young teenager and having suicidal thoughts, that I told not a soul about.  When my parents would leave on a trip I would have irrational thoughts...

#0055 – “Although I’ve overcome my eating disorder I have not yet overcome body dysmorphia.”

When I was in middle school I was severely bullied by one of my closest friends. We were friends for three years too long. She would call me fat and ugly nearly everyday. She told me I would never get a boyfriend bc I was too ugly. She told me and my other friends...

#0025 – “Just because people expect you to do something (because you always have) isn’t always enough of a reason to keep doing it.”

I have struggled off and on with anxiety as an adult and also, looking back, had an emotional breakdown of sorts when I was in junior high.  However, my episodes seem to be very much situational.  Each episode/incident happened at a time of significant...

#0069 – “I am trying to exist in a new world, trying to understand why my feelings are in chaos, a maelstrom of emotions beating against my already fragile mental health.”

10 days ago I found out how badly my marriage was broken, my husband has been having an online affair. After a couple of years it became physical. I found out accidentally. It shattered both of us. I am trying to exist in a new world, trying to understand why my...