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Why I talk about mental illness

I also talk about it because of (terrifyingly) more and more frequent tragedies — like the mass shooting in Las Vegas — after which people propagate stereotypes, stigmas, and harmful messages about people with mental illnesses.
Others aren’t so lucky, lacking insurance, lacking access to care, having illnesses that are harder to manage, suffering from unbearable side effects to medication, being unable to afford medication at all. When we talk about mental health issues, they are the ones in need of help.
I always hesitate to say that this isn’t the time to talk about mental illness because it’s become such a cliche — not the time to talk about gun control, not the time to talk about climate change. But this really isn’t the time to talk about mental illness.
When is a good time to talk about mental health and mental health care? But then, not now, is the time to talk about mental health.
The time to talk about mental health is when people aren’t scared and confused, and when they can look at people with mental illnesses as people deserving and in need of support — not as a ticking time bomb and a threat to public safety. And all the time, people who are capable of and comfortable with doing so need to counter the stigmas about mental illness through open, unashamed visibility.
And that’s why I talk about mental illness.

Psychological Well-Being at Work Is Key to Employees’ Productivity: HMC’s Mental Health Service

Increasingly more people are talking about mental wellness in the workplace and the importance of psychological well-being in relation to overall health. In recognition of this, the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed annually on 10 October, is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression and anxiety disorders can have an impact on a person’s ability to both work, and work productively. The WHO says employers and managers who establish workplace initiatives that promote mental wellness and support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity.
The world health body states that, globally, more than 300 million people live with depression, a leading cause of disability.
“Our mental health is affected by social, biological and psychological factors. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood,” says Dr. Majid Al Abdulla, Deputy Chair of Psychiatry at HMC’s Mental Health Service.
Dr. Al Abdulla adds that at HMC, there is a broad spectrum of services on offer under the Corporation’s Mental Health Services, which cover the entire age range from children to older people.
HMC’s Mental Health Services can be accessed in a number of ways including referral from within HMC, and primary health care and private clinics.

Opposition parties call for improved support for transitioning military members in government’s new suicide prevention strategy

The Trudeau government’s recently unveiled mental health and suicide prevention strategy represents a move in the right direction by pledging resources to address what has become a serious issue for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), but more must be done to address gaps in care for service members transitioning out of active duty, says Conservative defence critic James Bezan.
Mr. Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, Man.) is calling on Ottawa to ensure members leaving active service continue to receive necessary financial and health supports as they are transitioning, and for the CAF’s surgeon general to be responsible for assessing wellness, not external health professionals unfamiliar with the military, as recommended by National Defence Ombdusman Gary Walbourne, an impartial and independent government officer who helps support members of the defence community.
The strategy also highlighted the recent reopening of nine Veterans Affairs Canada offices that were previously closed by the former Conservative government, the addition of 400 new full-time staff to the department, and investments in improving brain-imaging capabilities to help better understand the biological underpinnings of mental illnesses.
said in a statement after the release of the new strategy.
“I hope that this strategy also paves the way for more comprehensive mental health and suicide prevention strategies for the Canadian population,” she told The Hill Times.
also criticized the Liberals for failing to include recommendations from Mr. Walbourne on assisting members as they transition out of the military, and singled out the lack of “additional supports” for families.