The world stopped around Shania when her sister committed suicide. Then she found the help she needed to live her life again.

Today, she lets people know they’re not alone by advocating for mental health awareness.

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I’ve been through it, and I don’t want anyone to go through the same feelings and thoughts that I‘ve had.

When Shania was in Grade 11, she was a normal, happy kid: great friends, great marks, a great school. Shania’s world was good.

Then the unimaginable happened. One morning, she was awoken by her mother’s screams. Shania’s older sister had been lost to suicide.

That’s when it felt like everything stopped around her. Shania “couldn’t live life properly” anymore. Coping with the loss was really hard. In a dark place, she stopped going to school.

Then, right when she needed it the most, Shania found support at youth drop-in programs. Being around people helped.

“I realized that my sister didn’t want me to live like this. She wanted me to be happy, to live a happy life.”

Shania put her life back together. Now she blogs and speaks about youth mental health, both to honour her sister and to reach out to anyone suffering with the loss of a loved one.

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