There is a new campaign from Partners for Mental Health beginning on Oct 29th that’s called “Let’s call BS” with the intention to have youth get interested, educated and create a much needed change in the landscape of mental health. This group is all about advocacy and creating change in the mental health system. I’m inspired to be part of it where people can came and pick up resources and know they are not alone.
Here’s some facts that may interest you:
- 1 in 5 Canadians will have a mental health problem or illness this year
- 4000 suicides occur in Canada each year
- 87% of people who die from suicide have a diagnosable mental illness (meaning 3480 deaths are preventable if services, knowledge and sigma were overcome.)
- 500,000 Canadian are absence from work for psychiatric reasons every day
- 1 in 3 workplace disability claims are related to mental illness
I’m outraged that this is part of our socity, that youth aren’t getting the services or support they need. That the stigima is so great, that kid loose freinds when they have disclosed about their mental health challenges. I’m not going to sit by and watch this anymore. Just yesterday I got another email from a collegue who as asking for support for their 14 year. They need resources, they are not sure what to do or who to turn to. I get this kind of email about 3 times a month. Parents and relatives who are dealing with a child or youth begin diagnosed with Bipolar. Ususally they (the parents) don’t know what they are dealing with and who they can turn to for the much needed support. The good news is they are reaching out, they bad news is it’s not obvious for them what to do. If it was any other illness the medial industy would not fail; they would be taken care of through the system. They would have an easy time getting the resources, accessing the resources and their children and young teens would not be afraid of asking for help.
They need our help.