Men­tal ill­ness need not be a se­cret

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Opinion -


It was dur­ing Men­tal Ill­ness Aware­ness Week Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 when we need to think about ev­ery­one who has a men­tal ill­ness or knows some­one who does. I sup­pose that is all of us.

I have been liv­ing with a men­tal ill­ness for 22 years now and have been sta­ble or in re­cov­ery for about 20 years. I was very lucky in find­ing meds that worked and sup­port groups that helped. Also learn­ing not to worry about what other peo­ple thought is the most help­ful. Stigma can be the most dam­ag­ing. So as long as we re­al­ize that it is al­right to have a men­tal ill­ness just like it is ac­cept­able to be phys­i­cally ill then we will be able to be in re­cov­ery sooner and for longer pe­ri­ods.

Diane MacNaughto­n

Medicine Hat

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