thanks to these kinds of writers, who seem to be multiplying, who can bring a voice to our reality.
By KILIAN SCHLEMMER
“I wish I had a cast,” says Michael Robinson. “I wish I had some type of physical ailment that is socially acceptable.”
Robinson sits on a padded bench in the atrium of a building on the University of Ottawa campus. It’s Saturday afternoon, and the building is empty and quiet, causing his voice to echo off the cement floor and walls. When he talks about mental illness, both his tone and his facial expression get serious.
Robinson is a 20-year-old student at the University of Ottawa. In his short time there, he has gained a reputation for being a strong advocate for people with disabilities. His advocacy is largely focused on mental health issues, an area which he says is widely misunderstood in society.
When asked what fuels his passion for mental health advocacy, he is quick to bring up one specific problem. For Robinson, the way…
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