The Maddie Project
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The Maddie Project (maddieproject.ca) is a community effort in support of youth struggling with depression and other mental health related concerns.

Driven by community collaboration and events, the project’s goals are to raise awareness by sparking conversations about youth depression and mental health concerns as well as to help provide uninhibited access to support for youth and their families.

The Maddie Project was founded in memory of Madeline Grace German Coulter.

To learn how you can get involved or contribute visit themaddieproject.ca or follow us on twitter @maddie_project or facebook https://www.facebook.com/themaddieproject

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We Lost Our Daughter To Depression But Her Light Glitters On

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2017 | 11:31 AM

To the survivors of suicide 💜✨

When Madeline was little she loved glitter.

Glitter glue in fact.

All the colours of the rainbow.

And in full confession  -- I loved it, too.

At home our art box was full of glitter containers, glitter stickers and glitter glue. Our family cottage art...

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For All Those Who Feel Hopeless, It Gets Better

(7) Comments | Posted November 4, 2016 | 4:28 PM

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By: Braelyn Bjornson

Like many of you, I have spent the last week in tears. I have felt an array of emotions - shock, confusion, heartbreak, anger, and guilt. Where does the guilt come in? I feel unworthy of my emotions,...

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Let's Give Our Youth Permission To Fail

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2016 | 11:51 AM

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By: Nicole German. Maddie's mom and founder of The Maddie Project.

When Madeline was four, she attended a Montessori school. At her first parent teacher interview, the teacher spoke about what a lovely girl she was but concerned...

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A Mother's Love Isn't Always Enough To Prevent Suicide

(6) Comments | Posted November 1, 2016 | 12:02 PM

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By: Nicole German. Maddie's mom and founder of The Maddie Project.

Maddie was my first.

My first child.

My first little miracle.

My first experience of a mother's love that cannot be described in words....

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I'm Getting Better At Loving Myself In Spite Of The Bullies

(3) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 10:33 AM


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By Gwyneth Richardson

Bullying. A classic topic in schools across the country. Bullying prevention sessions, education and reminders are a constant and typical part of school. But, what if I told you that some of what...

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Is Social Media Popularizing Suicide?

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2016 | 12:39 PM

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By Chris Coulter, Maddie's Dad.

Many of you know our family's story by now. Our daughter Maddie tragically took her own life at the tender age of fourteen and forever changed the lives of our family and friends. Sadly, this is not...

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The Way We Care For People With Mental Illness Needs To Change

(4) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 10:44 AM

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By: Patrick Nelson

My mother was a passionate advocate for children with mental illness.

When she learned of a family coping with mental illness she would reach out to them. Talk. Listen. And bring them lasagna.

She used to say that it...

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Our Daughter Fell Through The Cracks Of Our Mental Health System

(17) Comments | Posted September 23, 2016 | 2:36 PM

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By: Mary and Kim Pare

Our daughter, Katie, suffered from debilitating anxiety her whole life. That is a lot of pain to carry around if not dealt with professionally and with compassion. As an example, imagine you had a terrible toothache...

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Asking For Help Is The Most Important Step

(4) Comments | Posted September 20, 2016 | 8:02 AM

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By Kadeem Daley, Mental Health Professional

Asking for help is hard!

Accepting the help is even harder.

On the path to getting better, the first thing anyone needs to do is acknowledge the state of their mental health. Teenagers use different...

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Hope Kept Me In Denial Of My Daughter's Eating Disorder

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2016 | 11:52 AM

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By loving mom, Cindy Crowe

Two years ago, I caught a glimpse of my 12-year-old daughter as she dashed past me on her way outside to workout. Wearing a tank top and shorts, she looked alarmingly long and lean. I asked my husband...

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Wake Up Parents, You Could Lose Your Teen To Suicide

(3) Comments | Posted September 12, 2016 | 5:20 PM

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By Chris Coulter, Maddie's Dad.

Last month I had been invited to speak to a group of grade 7 and 8 parents about teen mental illness, what I've learned of our dealing with Madeline and what we were hoping to accomplish...

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Losing My Daughter Taught Me The Importance Of Empathy In Mental Health

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2016 | 8:05 PM


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By: Nicole German. Maddie's mom and founder of the Maddie Project.

Around four years ago I sat in my then company's all-hands meeting listening to my then CEO's opening remarks. His words were...


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I Believe My Daughter Killed Herself To End Our Misery

(28) Comments | Posted September 7, 2016 | 7:57 PM

By Chris Coulter, Maddie's Dad.

This week marks a half year since our family's life was changed forever. The last six months has gone by so quickly but the scars will linger on forever.

We are always facing the question about 'why did Madeline have to die and could it...

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Dear Maddie...

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2016 | 7:39 PM

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By: Emily, Maddie's best friend

Dear Maddie,

You've been gone over 500 days and not a day goes by that I don't think of you, don't miss you. That's because, in a lot of...


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