Day 143 (of 185) a reason to blog via #blog4MH
Mental health issues are all around us. In schools (bells, time pressures, transitions and so much more) our community (saw a lot of triggers pulled this weekend when the law courts had girl guides visit an open house – sudden sirens wailing…tight confinement…) and with our families (too numerous to refer to). So…in May, encouraged by championsforcommunitywellness.com , many are going to blog about Mental Wellness. To share stories. To share success. To acknowledge failures. To help. To support. And to normalize mental wellness which impacts 1 in 5 Canadians.
Why? Well…I know of too many people whose “worst case scenario” was literally the worst canes scenario, and their lives are missed by so many.
Why? As I shared in my TEDx talk https://youtu.be/V-JpBJal3F8 , we wouldn’t tell a threat-cancer survivor that we know how it feels because of a sore throat we had during our last cold. But that is what we do with mental wellness.
And there are still so many mis-understandings that paralyze us to do anything and too often, there can be misunderstanding of how it can “feel”:
There are many high-profile people such as @heylandsford (TSNs Michael Landsberg) and @mauroranallo (sport commentator Mauro Ranallo) sharing their own struggles with mental wellness. This is never “easy”, but the way both of these sports commentators have shared their stories of their struggles help everyone understand that it’s not “just them” and while there is help, there is no quick fix….just another day after this one. Yet all of this helps build better empathy, understanding and awareness of why support is needed. So, find out more via https://championsforcommunitywellness.com/2017/04/28/meet-our-bloggers/
And consider sharing the stories that you are aware of too. The more we talk, the more we understand.