An honest + inspiring project that shines a light on the humanity of mental illness + on a young man's sudden passing.
After years of trying to navigate the bureaucracy of Vancouver's mental health system, Trevor's brother took his own life. Evidence of a Struggle E.P.reveals how untreated mental health problems clot into addiction and spark into flame. It is vulnerable, nostalgic, and unapologetically raw.
This is music made by the love perfected by death, the love that dies not in the tomb. The beats crack the bone of this tragedy. The lyrics examine the marrow. Evidence of a Struggle E.P. lifts the broken pieces from his brother's life - to form music and art work that honour his story.
*Partial proceeds from the Evidence of a Struggle E.P. will be donated to the Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Centre at VGH.
Trevor is a powerful storyteller, a multi-talented musician + through these efforts has helped raise over $25,000 for mental health initiatives in British Columbia. But he is not stopping there. There are gaps in the system, which indirectly led to the death of his brother, and Trevor is committed to finding brighter pathways for all who are impacted by mental health.
Trevor and his brother discovered hip-hop at an early age. His first album, TTRA1N UnEducated, was featured in Discorder, CBC Radio 3, Up Town Sound, and Hip Hop Canada.
Trevor is also a high school teacher and volunteers his time to coach basketball and rugby. A believer of practising what you preach, he also mentors a hip-hop club in his community.
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Recipient of the 2017 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence for Accessible City
Accessible City Award of Excellence
- March 27, 2017 - Video - AMI (Accessible Media Incorporated):http://www.ami.ca/category/ami-week-health-and-lifestyle-segment/media/trevor-mills-profile
- March 1, 2017 - City of Vancouver Award of Excellence for Accessible City: http://vancouver.ca/news-calendar/exceptional-citizens-honoured-at-2017-vancouver-awards-of-excellence.aspx
- April 17, 2016 - Video - UBC Mental Health & CTV Documentary:http://bc.ctvnews.ca/suicide-happens-in-secret-b-c-teacher-turns-tragedy-into-hip-hop-1.2863022
March 7, 2016 - Audio - AMI Audio Documentary: http://www.ami.ca/category/contact-health-and-lifestyle/media/mental-health-a-brothers-journey
February 23, 2016 — Video — Club F.U.C.I. Interview: Season 3 Episode 4
February 15, 2016 — Hip-Hop Canada Interview: Trevor Mills: An honest conversation about Mental Health Awareness and his latest EP
January 15, 2016 — Vancouver Basketball: Trevor Mills “Overcoming the Struggle”
December 29, 2015 — HipHopCanada.com: Trevor Mills campaigns for mental health with the release of visuals for “Hood Boys (Denial)”
June 2, 2015 — Audio — Mouth Vs. Mic: EP#32 - Trevor Mills: Evidence Of A Struggle Release Party Live!
May 27, 2015 — BC Medical Journal: Evidence of a Struggle: Rapping to raise awareness for mental health
Mar 9, 2015 — Video — UBC Men's Health: Evidence of a Struggle - A Conversation with Trevor Mills
February 20, 2015 — SFU: Student Spotlight: Trevor Mills
January 28, 2015 — Video — CTV: B.C. teacher uses rap to get students to open up about mental illness
May 27, 2015 — CiTR Arts Report w/ Jake Costello (@8:20-40:00)
May 13, 2015 — Liquid Sunshine Report: Episode 20
March 10, 2015 — The Province: The Scene and Heard podcast: Rapper and Teacher Trevor Mills
February 12, 2015 — Mouth Vs. Mic: EP#25 - Trevor Mills - MC
Trevor is available for:
- School performances
- Fundraisers & Mental Health Benefits
- Public/Motivational speaking engagements
- Professional Development