Mental Health Week Underway
Public Service announcement courtesy CMHA
Prince George, BC. – It is an illness that is, too often, hidden as those who suffer with a mental health issue must also face the stigma that surrounds the illness.
This is Mental Health Week in Canada. Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association in Prince George, Maureen Davis says the recent admission by Prince Harry and Prince William that they too suffered with mental health issues in the wake of the death of their mother, helps break down the stigma “I believe anytime someone who is held in esteem in our media or our culture, comes forward and speaks about the humanity of mental health, it helps everybody, Whether it’s a sports figure, Royalty, it all adds to the picture that mental health is simply something that affects everybody.”
In fact, it is fair to say it is likely more people have had at least one episode in their lives than those who have not “If ourselves as individuals have somehow escaped having to deal with that, we are living with people who are dealing with it, so it touches absolutely 100% of the population” says Davis.
This year, the election in B.C. has provided an opportunity to press for change at the government level, regardless of who forms government “One of the things CMHA is very much promoting is ‘Before Stage 4’. Within our physical health system under no circumstances do we want to leave people until such time as they are incredibly ill, such as a stage 4 cancer. So we are really pushing all the candidates on the importance of putting enough money to the whole field of mental health to ensure we are not leaving people until stage 4 before we are actually intervening and providing them with mental health therapy.”
She is encouraged that all parties have presented a mental health platform ” They are all indicating this is of much more importance than it has been in previous years so we are very hopeful.”
Davis says the message this week is simple “Start talking about your mental health in the same way you speak about your physical health. Share it with people, don’t be afraid.”
Anyone wanting more information on helpful tips, or resources, can click here. Anyone wishing to speak to a person about mental health issues can contact the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Prince George office at 250-564-8644 local 203.