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.

#0070 – “Every day I think about how I’m going to try to put back the pieces of my life—which is literally every day—I feel pessimistic and overwhelmed.”

***Trigger Warning - Sexual Content*** Three years later, I still want to give up—to check out of this world—every single day.  Sometimes even the thought of my kids can’t keep the darkness away.Although I’ve always struggled with anxiety and depression, and survived...

#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...

#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...

#0004 – “I felt that giving into medication meant I was failing”

2019 was not an easy year for me. I was consumed by an all encompassing darkness that made almost everyday a struggle. I tried everything from vitamins and supplements, to probiotics, chiropractic care, essential oils you name it. I felt that giving into medication...

#0039 – “Now I know how my life could’ve been all along. How many things I thought were normal, that truly weren’t.”

I would love to say that my struggle with mental health came out of nowhere. It didn’t. I spent my childhood abused in every way imaginable. As an adult, I don’t really remember being a kid. Faint snippets. Last year I started developing physical signs of wear on my...

#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...

#0043 – “You are probably not spiritually oppressed or being attacked by the enemy- life just sucks sometimes and often it is hard to cope.”

Well today I feel like SHIT! Coming off nightshift stuck in a loop of agitation, irritability and am feeling myself slide into the spiral of depression. Depression for me usually makes an appearance when I feel I am so worn down by the "stuff" of life. It starts with...

#0071 – “I also struggle with and eating disorder and have since I was in 6th grade.”

I have been sexually assaulted by two people. One of which it happened multiple times. I also struggle with and eating disorder and have since I was in 6th grade. I am now in 8th grade.

#0011 – “You don’t forgive someone just once.”

I was sexually assaulted about ten years ago when I was living in Lake Louise. I was depressed, self-medicating, and had severe anxiety, along with panic attacks (well, who am I kidding, I still have it…). Over the years of getting help, I had to forgive him because I...

#0021 – “I found myself in my mid twenties with everything I thought I had ever wanted. But inside, I was struggling with terrible postpartum depression.”

Growing up, all I ever wanted to be was a wife and momma. I would play house with my sister, carefully naming each of my dolls and stuffed animals, and practicing for this dream of becoming a mom. I met and married my husband just after turning twenty one years old,...

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.

Make sure you subscribe to stay up to date on our latest episodes as well as bonus episodes. If you enjoy our content, leave a rating on Spotify or iTunes!

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. There is significant healing in taking the vulnerable step to share your experience and put words to the journey you have walked. All stories are received and posted anonymously.

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. The bracelets were created with significant intention, right from the design including three white beads to the colours of the beads themselves. 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. We want you to experience authentic connection with the Band Together Community and receive support as you pursue your mental and emotional health.

BAND TOGETHER PODCAST

A podcast focused on breaking the silence and bringing hope to the Mental Health Community. Join us weekly for 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 and encourage on your path to positive mental health.

BAND TOGETHER BLOG

Weekly thought provoking and informative blog content from contributors including a mindfulness expert, counsellor, dietician as well as our community. We have partnered with a diverse group of blog contributors including counsellors, a family and marriage therapist, a mindfulness and meditation expert as well as members of our community. Read up on a variety of topics or use the keyword search to find topics of interest.