Noah’s Story

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Noah Rossman-Kurland A"H was a dynamic Jewish student at Brock who passed away in May 2012, a week short of his 22nd Birthday. 

Noah made a difference while he was alive and with the creation of Noah's Line he will continue to make a difference after he is gone.

Noah's Line has been created to honour the man that was Noah. Noah's goal was to be able to help everyone. He wanted to be a counselor to help people feel better about themselves and to be able to move forward with a smile.


MORE ABOUT NOAH A"H

Noah was a dynamic young Brock Psychology student. He was also a wonderful son, brother, and friend to many. Noah also was a young man who suffered from mental illness which manifested itself in the form of deep clinical depression and severe social anxiety.

noah2.jpgNoah was an extremely bright child who found himself enrolled in the now discontinued DSBN Gifted Program where he flourished and was challenged by like-minded students. His classes were small and the students were all, for the most part, excited about learning.

When Noah transitioned to High School, like so many others, things changed for him. His classes were larger and he was no longer with students who all wanted to learn. Many used the classroom setting to disrupt and bully others. It didn’t take long for students to begin calling him names because of their perceived opinion of him. Students called him “fag”, “homo”, and other derogatory names, and it appeared to him that no one in a position of authority did anything to stop it. The bullying at school and around town robbed Noah of his self-confidence and self-esteem.

It is hard to know if it was the bullying that totally caused Noah’s downward spiral into depression and anxiety or whether he would have found himself battling these illnesses anyways, but because of the way he was treated, we simply will never know. And such is the conundrum. Which came first the chicken or the egg theory?

noah3.jpgNoah eventually learned how to stand tall and demand to be counted. As much as Noah was loved and accepted, he still suffered the effect of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from those early years – the damage was done.

Noah’s mental illness kept him from reaching his full potential. At times he couldn’t attend school or take part in social functions and so the vicious cycle began. Having to take time off of school caused him to sink deeper into depression and become more anxious about life.

In spite of these struggles, Noah managed to make his thoughts and beliefs know. In the later part of his life Noah became incredibly spiritual and self-reflective. The world lost a wonderful person in May 2012. Just 1 week shy of his 22nd birthday, Noah’s heart ceased to beat, but he did manage to make a huge impact on all of the lives that he touched in that relatively short time frame.

Noah was a man who always searched for what it was that made people special. His wish was to live in a world where colour, race, religion, and sexual orientation no longer mattered. Noah’s memory will be honoured by everyone being kinder and gentler to each other.