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Starting the Conversation: The Sad Collective

August 01, 2017

Starting the Conversation: The Sad Collective

Vulnerability is power. An ironic statement to most, but not to the team at The Sad Collective. It's extremely difficult, to say the least, to be honest with oneself let alone be open and honest with others. I know this from personal experience, and I'm pretty confident most of you feel the same way. So how do we fix this? How do we restructure this mindset that vulnerability is a weakness? Just under a year ago, NVSN wanted to encourage the idea of sharing through anonymity with the Journal, found here. Our goal was to give members of the community...


The Life of Phi: Balancing The Boat

June 10, 2017

The Life of Phi: Balancing The Boat

To the NVSN Community: Thank you. Thank you for your kind words, thank you for welcoming me into this safe space with open arms and a warm heart. As a follow up to my previous post, many were asking what provoked me to open up and share something so personal; something so frowned upon, something so taboo. For me, it was my thirst for the truth. It was my desire to pursue a life of honesty, integrity, authenticity and reliability in the hope of inspiring a generation to make better choices for themselves. To provide a method for the metaphorical...


Hiding from Hannah...

May 19, 2017

Hiding from Hannah...

One of the hardest things I've ever had to do was admit that I'm not okay. I don't think I'm alone when I say that I feel like it's engrained in our minds to always put on a smile and show the world that we're okay. I feel like I was trained to keep my thoughts, my feelings and my problems to myself...

Click. Click. Click.

May 07, 2017

Click. Click. Click.

For a majority of my adolescence and young adult life, I was told that I have a way with words; that I have the ability to communicate my ideas in a manner that manipulates the language so that anyone nearby would want to listen. I was told that my abilities to formulate arguments and produce descriptions, explanations and criticisms would have been great assets had I ever pursued a profession in radio, literature, or even politics.

Starting The Conversation: Mack Holden

May 03, 2017

Starting The Conversation: Mack Holden

Welcome to the "Starting The Conversation" Series with NVSN. Our goal is to sit down with youth in and around Toronto and (as you guessed it), start a conversation about Mental Health. For our first chat, we had the pleasure of sitting down with our new friend and Mental Health advocate, Mack Holden. Here's a little background on him: "I am one of three Owners and Founders of BSMNTto. BSMNTto is an underground media company focusing on helping the careers of creative individuals get to the next level. That being said, we discover and promote underground creative such as musicians, photographers, artists,...