Mental health … the hard conversation

Why is it so hard to talk about mental illness? Despite being so common, mental illness continues to be met with such widespread stigma. Many adults and youth don’t talk about it because they are afraid of being judged, alienated and thought as “a crazy person.”

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, over 7 million Canadian live with a mental illness. The truth is, mental illness affects all of us; it affects the parents of a child suffering from depression or the colleagues and family of a father who is over stressed.

So why is it important to speak up, build awareness and end the stigma around mental illness? Because talking about it is a step forward towards change.

Are you affected or know someone affected by mental illness? Do you think its important to help build awareness?

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