Saskatoon woman finds mental health support on Instagram

Suffering in silence is no longer an option for Heidi Fischer, and so the Saskatoon woman has started sharing her struggles with mental health, building a community on social media.

Heidi Fischer wanted to share her struggle

Heidi Fischer decided to share her own struggles with mental health by opening an Instagram account that now has more than 1,500 followers. (CBC)

Suffering in silence is no longer an option for Heidi Fischer, the founder of mentalhealthyxe on Instagram.  

Mental illness wants you to stay quiet.- Heidi Fischer 

The Saskatoon woman has started sharing her struggles with mental health, building a community of like minded people on social media.

"I did kind of want to go against that typical thing of all the pretty pictures just be real and honest about what I'm going through," Fischer said in an interview on CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning.

Fischer has been through a lot. She has major depressive disorder and anxiety, has taken her share of medications, and spent time in care at the Dubé Centre for Mental Health.

A year ago, things were not good for Fischer. But she fought back.

"There was just a part of me that said I am not going to go through this alone, I am going to let people know what I am going through, and that has been helpful to me in my healing. Mental illness wants you to stay quiet it wants you to not tell people."

Fischer asks her followers to share their own stories and has gone so far as to ask people to speak openly about the medications they take. (mentalhealthyxe/Instagram )

Building strength through community 

Out of that desire to shine light on her struggles with darkness, the Instagram page was born and a community began to take shape.

"We just feel open to talking to each other about what's going on," she said.

On mentalhealthyxe, Fischer tries to challenge some of the stereotypes and myths, also invites people to react with their own stories.

In one case, she asked followers to post pictures of their medications. Right now, she wants people to describe anxiety.   

"It helps people to be able to talk about it, as well as others to be able to take a look at it."

Fischer is reaching people. Her Instagram account has more than 1,500 followers, and she said those people come to the account from all around the world.  

Fischer also includes motivational messages for people struggling with mental health issues and tries to challenge some of the myths. (mentalhealthyxe/Instagram )

With files from CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning