Between work and educational stress, the constant buzzing and whirring of the smartphones and social media apps in our pockets, existential threats bolstered by a haughty political climate and worries of the future, the normal day-to-day for an average Canadian is fraught with mental strain.
Mental illness can be difficult to deal with, especially when doing it alone. However, one local Calgary artist, Stacey Walyuchow, is using her passion for visual art to encourage others to challenge the struggles of dealing with anxiety and depression, including postpartum.
It’s June 5, 2018, and the air is electric with chatter throughout the main atrium of the Palace Theatre in downtown Calgary, located on the glitzy Stephen Avenue.
Suffering the painful loss of my grandfather from a gruelling nine-month battle with stage four lung cancer earlier this year meant numerous visits to the hospital for me and my family.