I Am Invictus & Fighting Youth Depression with Colin Bado

One of the messages Colin Bado wants everyone to hear is that it’s OK to need help sometimes. Everyone experiences challenging moments in life. For some people, it may come in the form of longstanding mental health issues. For others, it may be a single experience that brings them to their lowest point. Part of learning to build a good relationship with yourself is knowing when you can’t do it on your own. This week, Bado shares his thoughts on making it through the tough times and finding ways to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Several years ago, Bado found himself in one of his darkest moments. At the time, he says he was having suicidal ideation. His loved ones intervened and helped him find the assistance he needed to get back on his feet. Now, he’s working to provide structure and hope to young people who may be in a similar mindset. The coronavirus pandemic is putting pressure on everyone and changing lives in unpredictable ways. In this timely conversation, Bado talks about holding onto hope, practicing gratitude, and finding opportunities in unexpected places.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Accept help when you need it
  • Take time to reflect on life
  • Seek out mentorship, or offer it to others
  • Let go of what you can’t control
  • Practice gratitude even in hard times


“The common theme I continue to hear is enduring the stages of grief right now. It’s almost like turning back to … trying to understand what you can control and what you can’t control.” -Colin Bado

“It’s really easy, no matter who you are and where you are in life, to get caught up in what’s not going right for you and to be upset with the world — and I’m really careful when I say this — to place blame on other things and that can be a good excuse-maker. The conversations I’ve really been having with kids is, ‘I’m sorry. This is totally out of my control. It’s out of your control. It’s OK to grieve about it, but what are you grateful for right now? And how is this going to make you stronger in the long run?’” -Colin Bado

“At the end of the day, it’s trying to gain perception that life could always be worse.” -Colin Bado

“Think about this for a second. Your whole life you’re told you can be anything you want to and the older you get, you start to realize, I don’t have these physical attributes or I may not be intellectually (a certain way). The world is supposedly your oyster … and then all of a sudden, you realize your shortcomings, as you do have, which makes you human. But at the same time, those shortcomings can make life so much more wonderful as you start to overcome those and you start to achieve your goal. It’s the paradox of life, as I call it.” -Colin Bado

“Our actions, our words — it’s actually part of a bigger story and how you live is what you tell others.” -Jake Thompson


You can follow Colin Bado on Twitter and Instagram @cbado23. You can find out more about I AM INVICTUS on his website here.


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