I talk to anybody on the street more than I talk to people inside at work. It just happened that one of my colleagues was out for a walk and I was doing air care (smoking). I called her for a chin wag and talk about anything under the sun. It’s actually a gray cloudy misty day today but since we were outside, it’s far better than all cooped up at work. Then I asked how her brother is doing?
When it comes to her brother, we spoke openly about mental illness. Her brother is going through one and this is all new to her. It just happened that I am vocal about it and gave her some suggestions, where to seek help and get some EAP (Employee Assistance Program) at work. She was more than thankful and appreciative that I would actually help her when we hardly talk at work.
Her brother is doing much better. However, the incident opened up a “can of worms” about mental illness with people in her personal life that she was finding out now.. She was feeling anxious about this “new” awareness. I told her that there is really nothing to fear but fear itself and that is a good thing to know more about it and prevent further stigmatizing others.
When we returned to work, I provided her more EAP materials that would help her ease the stress and not to sweat it out. I think I’ve done my good deed for the day.
It just happened today is World Health Day.
Depression: Let’s Talk – Living Well @ UHN
The World Health Organization celebrates April 7 as World Health day. The focus for 2017 is depression with a concentration for people all over the world at any age or social status. 20% of Canadians will experience mental illness at some point in their lives. As such a high percentage of people will be affected by mental illness it is very important that we continue to raise awareness of various illnesses and break the stigma attached to them.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CAMH) offers many different programs to be able to help those in need. The status of everyone’s mental health is very important and everyone should know they are never alone.
The 408 Help Line (416-408-4357) is also an excellent resource for those looking for help. They offer 24/7 support to help reduce isolation/loneliness, reducing emotional distress, and to decrease suicide intent. Please know that there is always someone ready to listen.
So there! Here’s to talking and writing.