Introducing our outstanding team.
Westman Mental Wellness and Suicide Prevention Association was born out of one couple’s desire to support others after dealing with the trauma of their son’s suicide. Mental health does not discriminate, it affects everyone, either directly or indirectly. As individuals we need to join together for the greater good of mental wellness in our Westman communities. Let’s do more than talk – let’s take action and make a difference!
We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who is passionate about mental health and suicide prevention to join our committee and help give back to our communities. We are dedicated to building a committee that fully represents Westman in all it’s diversity. Our committee is built on mutual respect. Every member is valued for who they are and what they bring to the table. We encourage a diverse range of skills and experiences as it enriches the discussion and helps to make decisions more relevant to the community at large. Every member contributes something unique and of value to our overall vision of mental wellness and suicide prevention in Westman!
After the loss of my step-son I wanted to be proactive to help other families through the heartbreak that comes with the suicide of a loved one. I also firmly believe that my efforts with our charity have been an integral part of my healing process.
My son, Brant, died by suicide on May 9, 2009. I watched him struggle with his mental health and did my best to support him. When he died my world was shattered. I felt helpless, guilty, and broken. It took me about 5 years to start picking up the pieces and making the decision that I did not want to live in the shadows anymore. Starting our charity brought positivity back into my life. It gave me purpose.
And above all it honours my son’s life.
Alone. Out of options. Broken. These are words I wish for no one to associate with. Being part of this team that works to end stigma, encourage healing, and provide financial resources to others with the same goals is so important to me. I appreciate the fact that, as aboard, we strive to see the positive and still have some fun on this journey together.
Just an ordinary guy trying to help ordinary people do extraordinary things.
Serves as a chaplain, providing spiritual care in a Long-Term Care facility in Brandon Manitoba. He also serves as a pastor in a local church in the city. Tunji comes alongside people in their various life situations to help them find meaning, hope and healing. He has written a few books to support people in their search for wholeness.