Zach Still Making Tracks for Mental Health
Boy who raised over $124,000 for Youth Mental Health contributes story to new mental health anthology released in time for holiday season
Between August 13 and September 10, 2017, Zach walked, ran and biked his way from Barrie to Ottawa to raise money for the new youth mental health program at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie. Now a fourteen-year-
Zach wasn't always a fan of all the attention he received during his journey and his particular story aptly named "Zach Makes Tracks" shares an inside look at the most challenging day of his trip.
Zach was asked to do a lot of public speaking. Sometimes he would get anxious and nervous but he and his mother decided to be completely honest on social media. Zach says, "We both learned that being honest was better anyway. Lots of people could relate to my anxiety and would reach out to us if we were having challenges. So we had an agreement to share not only the good times but our struggles as well."
Zach is in good company in this book. Some other contributors include sports commentator Michael Landsberg, Canadian actor Deb McGrath, Order of Canada recipient Stephane Grenier, TEDx presenter Asante Haughtan and Barrie City Councillor Natalie Harris.
Brainstorm Revolution, published by Wintertickle Press, is a collection of powerful and creative first-person true stories that allow a glimpse into the life of those who suffer from mental health challenges and into the minds of those who strive for mental wellness.
The book is divided into three chapters: Love, Evolution, and Revolution. Love features stories of acceptance and kindness. Evolution is a chapter about personal turning points and shifts of perspective. Revolution shares stories of change-makers who influence our society as a whole. All of these short, slice-of-life stories hit on a wide variety of topics including: anxiety, depression, kindness, acceptance, bipolar disorder, transgender, psychotic breaks, self-care, suicide, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder, autism, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, fear of abandonment, service dogs, coping strategies, change in legislation, fundraising, equine assisted learning, LGBTQ, postpartum depression, trauma, and war.
Although these topics may seem heavy, the book focusses on positive change and growth, leaving the reader with a strong sense of optimism and hope. Writer Teresa Hedley reiterates this point when she says, "I felt two things I didn't know I could feel at the same time—weighted and buoyed. The collection takes you in both directions. And in the end, I felt changed, enlightened. Like I had walked in naive and come out of it wiser and inspired."
Wintertickle Press kicked off their signing tour in Barrie at Chapters in November, and is continuing to schedule signings throughout the country. The list is quickly expanding, so please check Wintertickle Press on social media for the most up-to-date information. Currently, January bookings are as follows:
January 6, 2019 Chapters Vega, Mississauga 11-4
January 12, 2019 Chapters Brampton, 11 – 4
January 26, 2019 Chapters South Keys, Ottawa 11-4
The book is currently available through Indigo/Chapters, Amazon, and select independent bookstores.
Title: Brainstorm Revolution: True Mental Health Stories of Love, Personal Evolution, and Cultural Revolution
Authors: Heather Down, Natalie Harris, Courtney Taylor et. al.
Publisher: Wintertickle Press
Format/Trim Size: Softcover 6 x 9 inches
For more information on Brainstorm Revolution: True Mental Health Stories of Love, Personal Evolution, and Cultural Revolution or to book the publisher or a contributor (or contributors)
Heather Down, Publicist