We All Believe in You started as one woman's portrait photography project, and grew into a mental health organization that saves lives and has hundreds of daily participants in an online community. This is how it happened.
"I believe that I have the capacity to change the world, and I believe that everybody has that capacity." - Blake Loates
We All Believe In You (WABIY) started as a photography project in which Blake Loates captured portraits of people with mental health issues. What developed out of that project is an entire community of people sharing their stories and helping each other through mental health issues. It's a safe place for open and honest conversation, vulnerability, and real talk about medications, therapy, and more. Beyond this community, Blake's work with WABIY has led to true systemic change in the mental health field in Edmonton - and she's only just gotten started. Let's keep the conversation going and keep creating change, with the support and love of community. We All Believe In You.
Our incredibly talented team has years of experience in filmmaking, and everyone involved in this documentary either has lived experience with mental health issues or has loved someone with mental health issues.
"I’m a first generation Indo-Canadian and come from an East Indian community, in which mental health is not discussed openly. It is shunned, something to be embarrassed about, and can bring shame upon your family. These are the conditions in which I had to start my mental health journey. Let’s help change the social structures that confine individuals from seeking help."
"Ron Campbell is a retired police officer who lives with PTSD and MDD. His lived experience has lead him to lecture across North America as a mental health advocate. He volunteers with several mental health agencies/initiatives in the Edmonton area. Ron is also a consultant working with corporations and government on creating mentally healthy workplaces."
"In honour of my younger brother Evan’s memory, WABIY provided a public forum to continue his story. Speaking of his struggles will continue to bring mental health to the public forefront and bring compassion and understanding for such a complex disease. Removing stigma is key."
"I’m a progressive Christian, counselling psychologist working in addictions, and a person with lived experience of bipolar and ADHD. I am passionate about mental health advocacy and awareness. I believe healing from mental health illnesses is possible with symptom reduction, remission, or full recovery."
"I believe that participating in WABIY is important so others who might be in the midst of struggle can find hope in hearing others stories. I’ve lived with anxiety and depression throughout my life. At times the darkness was all consuming but once I found the tools to better mental health the bright days out number the dark."
The faces you'll see in this documentary are folks from the WABIY community who are ready and willing to share their stories to help create positive change for anyone and everyone suffering from mental illness.
We're making sure that the voices and stories shared in this documentary are as diverse and inclusive as possible, because we know that mental illness does not discriminate.
We All Believe In You is an interview-based documentary. We'll get to meet a diverse group of folks whose lives have been affected and shaped by mental illness and the WABIY community. True to Andrea's style of filmmaking, these interviews will have an honest and intimate visual style, with subtle, welcoming lighting and plenty of close-ups.
We All Believe In You recently moved into an office located within MacEwan University's Roundhouse, a co-working space centred on businesses and organizations creating social change. We'll be filming a portion of the documentary in this large, open, beautifully naturally lit location.