Puck Off Mental Illness | Kyle Patterson

by Christina Rowsell

While growing up, anxiety and depression became the normal for Kyle Patterson. Today, at 24, Patterson is doing something about it so others don't have to suffer. His anxiety was triggered by food allergies. When he was s child he was told that eating certain foods could literally kill him. At such a young age Patterson was scared of eating anything, bringing on the anxiety - turning into depression.

Patterson says, "Anxiety and depression took over my life at one point - and there's no worse feeling than that. This led me to missing classes and social events for many days in a row. Depression followed soon after. I missed out on countless opportunities in my life due to this. There would be days and sometimes weeks then I didn't have the strength to leave my own bedroom."

Fortunately for Patterson he has an amazing support group from his family and friends. They're also the ones standing behind him on his walk from Vancouver to Calgary for his awareness campaign Puck Off Mental Illness.

I had the chance to catch up with Patterson at the beginning of his journey. He explains some of the challenges he's going through to accomplish this walk. We also find out what he thinks about while he's walking and what gets him through day-by-day.

You can listen and watch the interview HERE on YouTube.

To donate to Puck Off Mental Health click HERE at GoFundMe. Plus find out more from https://puckoff.org/ and follow his journey on social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

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