My name is Jean-Francois Dupras. I am a native of Quebec, but I have lived in Alberta for over 12 years.
As a result of traumatic events in my early teens, I began to be affected by depression, without really knowing it. Later, I tried every possible way to free myself from this pain that kept me from being happy. At the age of 20, I wanted to kill myself, because I could no longer suffer and feel lost. The following years were sprinkled with ups and downs, but I still had that feeling of heaviness that prevented me from finding happiness. Two years ago, as a result of a work related accident, the depression banged again at my door, but this time, with even greater magnitude. I finally had the courage to seek professional advices to help settle my wounds of the past and better understand what was happening to me.
Despite all these experiences and difficulties, I have always been a great dreamer. This allowed me to keep my head out of the water more than once in times of distress. Since I was a young boy, I have always been passionate about nature and the outdoors. Through nature, I learned to discover myself and to go beyond my limits. It was during my first visit to the Banff area in 2001 that the real love for the mountain came true. A few years later, I made my first ascent and discovered a real passion for climbing and mountaineering.
Now, my dream is to share my story and my experiences in order to raise awareness about mental illness, still misunderstood by the majority of the population.
I want, through my project, to promote the power of dreams and passion. I also hope to encourage people to reconnect with nature, the outdoors and live a life filled with adventure.