Is there still a stigma that overshadows those with mental health issues? Yes.
Are people with mental health issues still misunderstood? Yes.
Do people with mental health issues still struggle to find the help they so desperately need? Yes.
When someone is physically hurt or sick, they receive treatment, medication and well wishes to recover. Why are mental health issues viewed differently than those associated with other parts of the body? Why shouldn’t someone with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder receive the same level of treatment and support that someone with a broken arm, cut foot or pneumonia would receive?
How do we change this?
Realize that within your circle of family, friends, neighbours and coworkers there’s a good chance there’s one or more people dealing with mental health issues—and this stigma. These are people you care about, if they had a physical illness anywhere else in their body, you’d want them to get the help they need to get better. Listen to them without judgement and be open yourself. Help them get the support and treatment they need. Support campaigns, people and companies that provide further research, information and assistance. Speak up yourself. Educate yourself and be an advocate for ending the stigma. Let’s keep talking, learning, supporting and teaching.
EVERY STEP IS A STEP FORWARD FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH
On Saturday, September 17th 2016, join me at the amazing RBC Race for the Kids which help youth find the mental health care they need.
You'll get access to expert training tips and we'll celebrate your finish with great food, entertainment and festivities. It's a fun day from start to finish. And, you'll be supporting families in need.