Hi! My name is Anneka Hendricks Wang and I’m the creator of MindofMatter. I’m currently in my last year of high school at Van Tech in Vancouver, Canada. This is my mission for this website.
Mental health issues affect absolutely everyone. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 Canadians are experiencing a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. For young people aged 15-24, this number actually falls to an astounding 1 in 3. Despite the large number of people who struggle with their mental health, the reality is society shames us for talking about it. The stigma attached to mental health problems causes added feelings of guilt, invalidation, and isolation in those with a mental illness. It also discourages people from seeking help or talking about their problems.
I started this website because I believe it’s crucial to have open and honest conversations about mental health and wellness issues. In fact, research shows that the best way to challenge the negative stereotypes and views around mental illness is through firsthand contact with people who have experienced mental health problems themselves. It’s by educating people about mental illness and providing firsthand accounts of how it affects people, that the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues will diminish.
Since I was a young teen I’ve struggled with my mental health, and I’ve witnessed people close to me experiencing various mental health issues of their own. By sharing these experiences, I hope to help others who are dealing with similar challenges and I want them to know that they are not alone. I also want to provide a stronger understanding to those who don’t know much about mental health and wellness issues.
MindofMatter is a safe space for anyone to learn about mental health and wellness issues. To listen to other’s stories about their experiences with mental health and wellness issues. To share their own stories. And to access resources and support. Mental health and wellness includes topics such as mental illness, suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, self-love, gender, sexuality, and identity.
This platform is catered particularly to teenagers because we’re at the age where mental health issues are most prevalent. As a teenager myself, I also believe I can communicate most effectively with this audience, and that my stories will resonate most strongly with my peers. I hope that the stories and information shared here can provide teens with valuable tools to better navigate their mental health during this confusing time.
Most of all, I want to provide everyone that is viewing this site - no matter your age or gender - with knowledgeable resources, information, and support. I hope the stories I share here will give you the courage to talk more openly about your problems, and encourage you to seek the help that you or someone close to you may need.