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May/June 2022: Adult Readers

Updated: Jun 12, 2022

For May/June 2022 and in honour of both International Day of Living Together in Peace (May 16) & Pride Month (June), we are honoured to feature and share with you Jessica Victoria's book 'From Why to Fly'. Jessica shares deeply about her own personal experiences and provides advice around mental health, disability, and LGBTQ+ identity. This book serves as a support tool for those experiencing similar life situations to those Jessica outlines, as well as an educational tool for loved ones to encourage understanding and acceptance.

“My hope is that I reach more and more people in the future. I really hope that this book helps me to expand my reach…It’s about helping others- as many people as I can.” (p. 60-61)

~Jessica Victoria (From Why to Fly)

About the Author

Jessica Victoria is the Founder/Executive Director of Stay Strong Collective, an organization in St. Catharines, Ontario which offers an accessible and safe space for people, particularly members of marginalized BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, to participate in various wellness activities, such as art, meditation, yoga, and music. The collective also offers a variety of virtual events to ensure all members of the community have access to get involved.

Jessica Victoria graduated from Niagara College’s Journalism program in 2016 and has also taken multiple psychology/mental health courses and trainings, including Mental Health First Aid and ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

Jessica has authored two outstanding books: 'So I Said to My Anxiety' and 'From Why to Fly: Personal Stories and Advice on Mental, Physical and other Life Challenges'. Within these books, Jessica shares her personal experiences with anxiety and mild depression, as well as a physical disability. She is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and loves helping people through her knowledge, experiences, and advocacy!

Find out more about Stay Strong Collective by visiting their website:

Educational Resources

Click the button below to access the Educational Resources in order to Read to Learn & Learn to Change with us!

From Why to Fly Educational Resources
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Interview with Jessica Victoria

May 16, 2022

(International Day of Living Together in Peace)


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