How Tee Up For Mental Health Began
Shaelyn Heise and Robin Young created Tee Up For Mental Health in 2016. The Skills For Safer Living Program was an easy decision for Shaelyn and Robin to support, as both girls have struggled with mental illness. We wanted to give back to the resources that have helped us through the rough patches.
This is what began the conversation of what we could do to give back to our community, a conversation we never thought would bring us to this point! We are proud to continue our fundraising relationship with the Skills for Safer Living Program, and continue Tee Up For Mental Health as an annual event. To date Tee Up For Mental Health has donated $18,000 to Skills for Safer Living!
We also have been overwhelmed with the impact this has had on our community, being asked to speak at schools has been amazing. We spoke at these schools about our past experiences, our event, and the program we are so passionate about!
We can't wait to see what Tee Up For Mental Health will bring for the future!
Meet The Team
"Mental illness has been present in my life since I was very young, I was first diagnosed with anxiety when I was seven years old. Later in my adolescent years, I was also diagnosed with "Major Depression" as well as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have tried a numerous amount
of medications, therapies and coping
mechanisms over the years. Through the use of psychiatrists, counsellors, group therapies, to name a few I can happily say I was able to take control of my illness. If you know me, you know I have a tattoo with the date "30/10/13". This date is my first and only suicide attempt, and the date
that I really accepted my illness and began
putting in the work to get where I am today.
Tee Up For Mental Health is one of those avenues, and my way of giving back. If resources like the "Skills for Safer Living Program" did not exist, I as well as many other youth would not be where we are today. Tee Up For Mental Health started as an unlikely possibility. It has transformed into an amazing platform for us to tell our story and do our part to stop the cycle of suicide."
"My story began the winter of 2015 while I was working full time at Tim Hortons doing 5am-1. I had been very ill leading up to my diagnosis and was quite oblivious that anxiety and depression could be the cause to my chronic vomiting. I had always been such a happy & outgoing person that how could those two mental illness ever affect me and be apart of my life. So when my doctor told me I was suffering from severe anxiety and depression I was quite upset that this was his only diagnosis, again I was in denial. I agreed to start on some antidepressants only until I could figure out my triggers and how to become a better me. To this day I’m happy to say I’m off my antidepressants and I have found being active and being outside has helped me the most with controlling my negative thoughts and anxiety. The whole reason Shaelyn and I created Tee up is to give more awareness on the topic as well make sure the resources are there for the programs being run. We want people to feel they aren’t alone and we are here to help and be the support system some people may not have."
"I am Shaelyn’s younger step sister. Being around Shaelyn for almost my whole life I have seen the direct impact that mental illness can have on a person and how it can affect their whole life. Personally, I have struggled with depression but I have always had a great support system with my family and friends. Starting the conversation with the people I love was what helped me the most. This needs to be normalized. This said, I have also seen the impact that a good support system can have, with myself and with Shaelyn, and how good help can change a person’s life. I help with Tee Up because I want to help people get the help that they need. I want people to know that talking about mental health is and important step. I volunteer for Tee Up because raising awareness for mental health is something close to my heart and I’m glad that I get the opportunity to help however I can.”