Soleil B.

UVic Alumni Student Mental Health Blogger

My name is Soleil (she/her) and I am a fourth year psychology student. I moved to Victoria, BC in 2018 from Seattle, WA. I have dual citizenship and am lucky enough to able to attend university in Canada.

I grew up in Seattle, WA with my two younger siblings and my parents. I developed a passion for mental health in high school where I recognized the importance of creating a support network and prioritizing health. My goal is to pursue my education at a graduate school and eventually practice as a child/adolescent psychologist. I plan to take a year and travel the world sometime between completing my undergraduate and starting graduate school. In my free time I enjoy spending time in nature, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen, spending time with friends, and occasionally watching reality (trash) TV.

I have experience with mental illness and I have reached a place where I am able to recognize the small victories of life. It is so important to bring awareness and validation into our conscious thinking. This is one of the major reasons why I write for the Uvic Mental Health Blog. I am here to let others know that they are not alone, and to acknowledge the strength that it takes to exist everyday. I know how isolating and exhausting it can be to deal with mental health, and this place where people can come to feel seen and understood.

I acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Lonely & surrounded by others

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