They admire my work?

My journey as a mental health blogger has been a pretty unique experience. And while it didn’t create the new career path I was hoping for, it has brought real, meaningful value. Those whom I’ve met are amazing, for instance. I still can’t believe they admire my work!

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I would say what I have gotten from my new path is irreplaceable. Firstly, the friendships that I have made have been pretty stellar.

There’s nothing quite like encountering people that you can lean on because they understand; they have compassion for what you’re going through and as a result, don’t judge.

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What’s better is that they don’t judge because many of them are going through the same struggles. Some have depression, while some others have an anxiety disorder or another mental-health condition. So, if you go missing for a bit, for example, they completely understand why. Mental illness can and will often take you out of commission.

Despite there being some really positive things that comes out of this journey, one of the saddest, or so I find, is when people disappear for good.

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One day, they are no longer on social media, or their website has disappeared, and they no longer respond to emails, etc.

This is heartbreaking because it’s left up to your imagination as to what happened to their presence. I hope that all those I’ve seen come and go are healthy and happy and are doing well.

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Thankfully, however, the number of people who have disappeared has been minimal and I’m thankful for that. As unfortunate as those incidents are, there are some real, positive things that I find most humbling.

For example, now that I’m a published author, many people are eager for me to read their manuscripts. As if that weren’t flattering enough, some of you even have said that I’ve inspired you to write your own story.

I can’t even begin to tell you what an amazing feeling that is. People are looking at me? They admire my work? It’s both beautiful and strange all the same time.

Strange in the sense that I never thought I’d be in a position where people “admire my work.” All I ever wanted was to help make a difference in others’ lives.

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So, I guess when I stop to think about it, my mission has worked out in more ways than one. For one of the core goals of is to inspire. I can’t think of a better way than to have someone want to tell their own story because they read mine.

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In conclusion, while I’m not able to work – and, disappointingly, can’t mentally devote every moment to this project – books, blog, podcasts, etc. – I am still able to contribute in such a way that gives me purpose.  And even though my presence is often minimal, it’s a wonderful feeling knowing that I am still making a difference.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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