Today is Canada day, and I just want to take this time to remember and honour those that served our country, particularly someone that I lost to his battle with depression. He took his own life at the end of a long battle of ups and downs that dragged on for most of his adult life. Mental illness affects, or has affected, 50% of Canadians by the time they reach the age of 40. These days it’s all too easy to get caught up in the busyness of work, school, studies, or just the stresses of everyday life. Too many people don’t leave time to de-stress, wind down, take a break and step back. Look after your mental health. Take the dog to the park, get outside, enjoy the weather. Take the time to talk with a friend or family member. Especially when you’re in a dark place or stuck in a rut of depression it’s easy to forget that people really do care about you and love you. On the flip side, sometimes we forget how powerful a kind word or action can be. Know the signs. Make yourself available to talk. There’s no shame in asking for help, or admitting you need help. Let’s break the stigma behind mental illness.
Sheri-Lynn, Miss Winnipeg