Joshua Chauvin, a graduate of the University of Windsor and current Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, has launched a new website – itgetsbrighter.org– to raise awareness about mental health around the globe and to offer hope to those struggling.
Part of his motivation grew out of his experience working on anti-stigma campaigns with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Windsor –Essex Branch, and the recognition that many of us have family or friends who live with a mental illness.
The website provides a platform for anyone to upload video messages of hope. The website already houses more than 30 video messages from people all over the world, including messages from CMHA Ontario’s Uppala Chandrasekera and Mark Henick.
“We want people to recognize this is a global issue,” Chauvin said in a recent interview with the Windsor Star. “Mental health is part of health in general. It’s something everyone has to contend with, part of a normal life and we can all benefit if we are open about our vulnerabilities and our moments of weakness.”
For more information, visit the program website: www.itgetsbrighter.org