CONTRIBUTOR

Alicia Raimundo has been described as a “mental health superhero,” battling serious bouts of anxiety, depression and a suicide attempt since the age of 13. More recently, she used her move to the University of Waterloo as a catalyst to seek help, and eventually, to help others living with mental health issues. Since then, she has, given two TEDxTalks, was named one of 2012 “faces of mental illness,” spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative and recently returned from speaking at the UN’s international youth day at the UN headquarters in New York. She published “Red Carnation,” a book on suicide prevention that will be used in grade 8 classrooms across Canada. She also represented Canada in Thailand at One Young World.