A tou­ching mes­sage

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - NOUVELLES -

On No­vem­ber 24th, re­ti­red Lieu­te­nant- Ge­ne­ral Roméo Dallaire gave a lec­ture to a full house at the CFB Ba­got­ville theatre.

As part of their addiction awa­re­ness cam­pai­gn, the Health Pro­mo­tion team in­vi­ted Mr. Dallaire to share his per­so­nal ex­pe­rience with addiction. "The goal was that people would see how he over­came chal­len­ging life ex­pe­riences without fal­ling in­to addiction or self­me­di­ca­tion, but ra­ther as­king for help," says Su­sie Bernier, Health Pro­mo­tion. The Fa­mi­ly Sup­port Coor­di­na­tor for the Ope­ra­tio­nal Stress In­ju­ry So­cial Sup­port ( OSISS) pro­gram, Syl­vie Le­febvre, who at­ten­ded the con­fe­rence, said that Lt. Gen. Dallaire was ea­si­ly able to cap­ture and keep the at­ten­tion of his au­dience. "When he tal­ked about the im­por­tance of get­ting help for what he calls ‘ his wound bet­ween his ears’, his mes­sage was ve­ry clear and to the point. First, go for pro­fes­sio­nal help. Se­cond, if you need me­di­ca­tion, take it! Just like a dia­be­tic would take in­su­lin. Third, it is im­por­tant to be sur­roun­ded by ca­ring people and to have a sup­port net­work which in­cludes your peers. And fi­nal­ly, do it for your­self, but al­so for your fa­mi­ly and all those around you, "said Syl­vie Le­febvre. Lt. Gen Dallaire ex­plai­ned that this "wound bet­ween the ears" is an in­ju­ry like any other. The dif­fe­rence, ac­cor­ding to him, is sim­ply that be­cause it can­not be seen, it is more dif­fi­cult to diag­nose and more dif­fi­cult for the people around us to un­ders­tand. Those who at­ten­ded the con­fe­rence left with some deep ma­te­rial to re­flect on.

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