Band Together

A SUPPORTIVE MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY

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.

#0066 – “I’m thankful for Band Together because it makes postpartum depression and anxiety feel less lonely.”

When I thought of becoming a mom, I thought of all the great and wonderful things that would happen. Snuggles, fun play times, cute outings with family. I desperately wanted to be a mom for most of my 20s. When I finally got pregnant with my first born, I immediately...

#0061 – “There is so much healing behind sharing, I know it’s a hard step to take, but the reward is so incredibly fulfilling.”

My story of PTSD and depression is filled with loads of physical traumas through a long career in a macho driven sport, as a jump jockey. It was not one accident or one incident that culminated in me going to the most extreme measure of trying to shut out the...

#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...

#0010 – “Mental health issues run deep in my family however mine is a family who likes to keep things ‘quiet’.”

When I was in grade nine I wrote a poem for an English assignment and my teacher at the time told me that it was very well-written and that I most likely didn't understand the true meaning I was expressing. It would be a number years later that I would realize that it...

#0022 – “I never would have guessed that I would be on prescription drugs.”

For many years I thought I was broken. I thought I hadn’t tried hard enough, prayed hard enough, read the bible enough.... I was just a bad person. I believed this because I didn’t know that I could have a chemical imbalance in my brain. Sure I had some rough things...

#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...

#0038 – “It’s easy to let your thoughts wander into depravity and despair when you get labeled with a lifelong mental health condition like Bipolar.”

I remember the feelings going through my head as my car flew across the mountain highway as my brakes gave out. Moments earlier, I carelessly drove 180 kilometers an hour through 50 kilometers of the Jasper highway, headed for calamity. I was neck deep in a manic...

#0041 – “I suffered in silence for so long that I began to feel as though it was what I deserved.”

I was abused in every capacity imaginable as a child. This trauma caused me to begin using drugs and alcohol at a young age. I suffered in silence for so long that I began to feel as though it was what I deserved. I began to become comfortable in the chaos, and every...

#0020 – “For others suffering I hope you know that you’re not alone, you’re not a burden and the world is a better place for having you in it.”

I was diagnosed with work related PTSD in 2017. I'd been suffering for weeks from depression, constant anxiety, insomnia, and horrific and violent nightmares where I'd wake up screaming and crying before the final massive panic attack came that sent me home early from...

#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...

BAND TOGETHER PODCAST

Breaking the Silence and Bringing Hope to the Mental Health Community

Join Band Together Community Founder Kelsey Mercer and his Co-Host Jesse Martineau weekly as they bring captivating interviews with experts in their fields as well as members of our community. This raw, authentic and thought provoking content is meant to support, encourage and inspire you on the journey of life.

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